How to Defend in FIFA 15

FIFA 15 Tips – Learn how to defend better and improve your defensive skills in FIFA 15

As FIFA 15 has a different gameplay than FIFA 14, its defending mechanics have become more realistic. But, it’s now more difficult to defend in FIFA 15 while the attacking is easier since the dribbling is simpler in this game.

In this article, you will find some tips and tricks that can help you improve your defensive skills and do defend properly at FIFA 15 especially when you play online.

The fact is that FIFA 15 defensive mechanics were improved and became even more real. What you need to do is basically to go close to the attacker and press the standing or sliding tackle button at the right time. So it means, it’s more about the mental action and you have to think about it more than before, it is called Tactical Defending which is there in FIFA game since FIFA 12. You can still switch it back to the classic defending method by going to the setting and change it Legacy Defending. But, I personally recommend you to stick with tactical defending and try to get pro at it.

Know the Controls
First off, you need to know the defending controls in FIFA 15. I suggest you to download FIFA 15 manual first. Here are the basic classic controls for defending in FIFA 15:

The circle (Playstation) or B (Xbox) button performs a sliding tackle. Be careful, you need to do it with the right timing, otherwise the attacker will easily dribble the ball and avoid you.

The X (Playstation) or A (Xbox) button will put the pressure on the attacker by doing a short standing tackle to grab the ball. This button is very effective, you probably will need to use it the most.

The square (Playstation) or X (Xbox) button will do a sliding tackle. This type of tackle could be very dangerous, because either a physical contact or a shirt pull or a at its worst, a long tackle can be finished up with a foul and a possible yellow/red card.

With button L2 (PS) or LT (Xbox) you can contain an opponent.

R1 (PS) or RB (Xbox) button allows you to call a second player to put pressure on the attacker who carries the ball.

FIFA 15 A Bad Tackle

Practice with these buttons and get your fingers very comfortable on the controller with them. You need to be able to push these buttons quickly when need them.

Do the Basics
Go to Skill Games and do all the defensive skill drills there. Those drills will help you to improve your defensive skills from basic to advance.

Play Single Player Games
The CPU might not be as smart as human but the fact is that CPU is controlling the pattern and the mechanics of the gameplay even when a real player is playing FIFA 15. So playing against FIFA 15 AI can improve your defensive skills for sure.

Play single player matches and focus on the defending. Try to read CPU’s strategies for the attacking. Prevent their passes and block the receivers before a pass happens. See how the AI system is dribbling the ball and try to tackle at the right time. Start with the beginner difficulty and try to promote your defending skills by going to higher level of difficulty.

After doing this, go and play online games and try to defend against a real person and do the same techniques as above to read people’s tactics and strategy in order to improve your skills for defending in FIFA 15.

FIFA 15 Managing the Defence

Defending Tactics and Strategy
As mentioned above, FIFA 15 defensive pattern and mechanics are more real. Therefore you need to put your mind to it. I suggest you to choose your favourite team, or to buy your favourite players if you’re playing Ultimate Team. This will help you to know your team’s tactics and strategy much better. You need to get comfortable with your team and know your defensive weaknesses and mistakes. Then try to fix and modify them.

Also, don’t forget that in Team Management, you can define and modify player roles and instructions. And using the analog pad on your gamepad controller, you can apply the quick tactics in the game.

Be Patient
Make sure you do not rush when defending. Keep in mind that CPU is also assisting you on defending. Sometimes, you need to just let CPU to defend for you. When your opponent is one the ball and attacking your goal, you don’t have to panic. Just respect your opponent and go for the ball, do the pressure, do the defending techniques and press the right defending button depending on your situation.

Keep Learning
Always try to learn more on defending. Learn from professional FIFA players when you’re playing online or by reading their articles online.

Fifa 15 review – not flawless, but still the best

Electronic Arts; PC/PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One (version tested)/Wii; £45; 7+

Ardent fans of the Fifa football games know two things to be true whenever the latest instalment arrives. It will be mostly the same game as before, and it will also be the best football simulation ever. EA Sports, much like Apple with its iDevices, has found a winning formula, and it is reluctant to do more than drip feed us tiny changes every year.

That said, it has long been believed that this year’s instalment would be the big one. After all, developers have had almost a year since the launch of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 last November to really get to know the possibilities and limitations of these machines.

Well, the graphical improvements are by no means dramatic, but they are noticeable. Faces are more expressive, and EA claims that there are 600 emotional reactions that could potentially be seen during the game; players from opposing teams push, shove and bark at each other after having engaged in a series of aggressive physical battles over the course of the match. Strikers look pleased with themselves after scoring a belter and assistant referees … twitch their noses when making an offside call. Unnecessary perhaps, but it’s a tiny detail that adds yet another layer of realism to the most realistic football sim on the planet.

Indeed, EA Sports is all about the small things this year. Blades of grass (and, if it’s raining, water) go flying into the air in slow motion when the ball is struck during replays, the pitch develops physical signs of wear and tear over the course of the match, shirts are visibly pulled by defenders chasing a zippy winger and the PA system at Selhurst Park warns fans in the stadium that the Northern line isn’t running (hats off to EA, they’ve clearly done their research on that one).

The game now has disallowed goals, rather than laser-accurate robotic linesmen that will instantly stop play for offside the moment the ball goes anywhere near an offending player. That rollercoaster of jubilation followed by disappointment when your team is stripped of a winning goal in the dying moments of injury time is, to borrow a phrase from EA Sports, “in the game”.

Also in the game are fully licensed stadiums for every team in the Premiership. As well as looking the part, real fan chants have been recorded, and crowds have been given custom behaviours based on the team. You probably won’t make it through a match at Anfield without a chorus of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, and commentators notice and remark on Manchester City’s supporters doing the Poznan.

Nothing has been left un-animated in Fifa 15. Substitutes celebrate from the bench when their teams score – sometimes the camera even cuts to a close up of a major player on the sidelines, while there are 10-man goal celebrations on the pitch. Ball boys supply players with another ball when one has gone out of bounds, and corner flags bend when pushed against.

The player models have been updated, and not just in the hairstyle department. The game’s digital sportsmen have generally been given more muscular body shapes, with longer arms and shoulders slightly reminiscent of 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s perhaps a bit extreme for all but the most ripped players, but they certainly look more like athletes than in previous games.

For all the graphical improvements, the odd glitch does remain. Far less often will you see a player’s arm pass through the body of his team mate during a goal celebration, but they do occur on the rare occasion. Gone, as far as one can see from some 12+ hours of gameplay so far, are glitches involving levitating players or getting knocked over by invisible team mates in the post-goal festivities.

He shoots, he saves
Goalkeepers are getting some long-needed attention this time round. Saves look and feel more natural – often the big man will parry a thunderous strike off to the side of goal rather than knocking it right back into the path of the opposition’s striker. Keepers also react and position themselves better overall, but that’s not to say they are brick walls. The trick to scoring in Fifa 15, as in real football, is to catch the goalie off-balance – or guide it through their legs ( a new feature for this edition.)

EA has also tinkered with the ball physics to allow for more varied flight paths than in previous titles. in the past, you could pretty much guarantee a goal when the ball was struck from certain positions. Now the ball can dip, spin, or spiral not-so-cleanly off your player’s boot. This randomisation is even more noticeable if you strike the ball off-balance, or shoot using a player with less lethal finishing. On the other hand, less predictable flight paths means more opportunities to score those wonder goals that flick into the top corner or skim in off the crossbar.

But to get a shot off on goal, you’re first going to have to beat a defender or two. Centre halves and fullbacks are more intelligent and appear to have a better understanding of when to stand off and when to go for the tackle than they did previously. EA has balanced this, however, with greater intuition for attacking runs and less clumsy dribbling – a welcome addition, considering the sometimes “clumsy” feel of last year’s game. Players now turn faster and more precisely, giving you a better chance to make it out of tight spaces.

It’s all about finesse
Off the pitch, the menus feel less laggy than last year’s game and the ability to save up to three custom team sheets, each with their own formation, strategy and player instructions, should please the tacticians among us. Plus, the addition of two new team mentalities, including “park the bus”, should please Jose Mourinho wannabes. For the rest of us, EA’s much-touted “player intelligence” means that teams will automatically change their strategy according to the events and importance of the match. Need nothing less than a win to clinch promotion? Tied 1-1 with ten game minutes to go? Your men will automatically get forward like a team possessed, or at least like Man City against QPR in the dying moments of the 2011/12 Premier League season.

All the regularly-featured game modes such as career, Be a Pro seasons and skill games are back in Fifa 15, with a new addition in the form of Friendly seasons, an online one vs one mode where you can take on your friends for bragging rights and the ownership of some digital silverware. The skill games are as creative and addictive as ever, with few new challenges such as a Soccer AM-esque “hole in the wall” style shooting challenge, a lesson on winning aerial battles and a game that encourages you to look for passing triangles – a vital component of Spain and Barcelona’s famed “tika taka” play style.

As for Ultimate Team, a football sim Top Trumps hybrid and the franchise’s most popular game mode (as EA keeps telling us), many of the old truths remain. The gameplay is faster and more arcade-like than in the other modes, and the defenders seem more error-prone. As a consequence, this encourages online players to adopt an ugly, high-pressure, route one style of football, with an over-reliance on lofted through balls to a fast striker lurking on the shoulders of the defence – simply because this tactic is so effective. Ultimate Team is a still a fun and addictive game mode, but the beautiful game it ain’t.

The trading card aspect of this mode has undergone some more drastic changes. EA has removed the ability to trade cards between friends as this was being exploited by websites selling digital, in-game “coins” for real, physical money. This would inflate the mode’s transfer market and bump top player cards like Hazard, Bale and Ibrahimovic up to prices that would make even the president of Real Madrid’s eyes water. Fifa 15 allows any and every Ultimate Team player to try out football’s elite, however, by introducing the ability to sign a player on loan for a few games.

Previously, gamers would have to visit a website such as FUThead or FUTwiz to map out their dream team but now, thanks to the new “concept squad” tool, future or theoretical lineups can be planned right within the game, using players from the entire Fifa 15 Ultimate Team catalogue.

If this is your first Fifa game on the new gen consoles then you will be blown away by all the little details that together contribute to an overall experience not too dissimilar to watching football on live television. If you owned Fifa 14 on Xbox One or PS3, Fifa 15 is still a significant upgrade, though maybe not the revolutionary product that it was built up to be. It’s a baby step rather than a leap towards perfection. Fifa 15 is still not entirely flawless, but then who cares when it’s already the new best football simulation ever?

FIFA 15 Tips To Create Shooting Opportunities

EA Sports has put together list of a few strategies to help create more scoring chances in FIFA 14. Most, if not all of these, tips will also work well in FIFA 15.

It is never too early to start practicing up for the new game. Here is one of those tactics to brush up on before FIFA 15 comes out.

FIFA 15 Tips To Create Shooting Opportunities

PUSH BACK
In really close games I usually find that my attacking players are under constant pressure from defenders, who are looking for even the smallest opportunity to dart in and nick the ball or block a shot.

That’s when I like to use the Push Back move to quickly create the space I need to shoot.

The Push Back involves nudging the ball back in more or less the direction it came from with your first touch, using just enough power to get it away from the nearby defender and out of your feet so you can shoot with your second touch. There’s no turning involved so you need to be front, side on or somewhere in between to the goal when you receive the ball, then it’s just a case of running into the pass and hopefully going past the defender.

If you were to try a first-time shot with a defender so close by then there’s a really good chance they’d be able to block the strike, or maybe your player wouldn’t get his feet sorted out in time to hit an effective shot. By pushing the ball back to where it came from you can move away from the defender, who is facing you rather than the ball so will find it tough to accelerate in time to keep up, and create enough space for an effort on goal.

It’s an incredibly simple move, but when well timed it’s a really effective way to make space in tight areas.

You can read the 3 other techniques, including the Heel Chop, Fake Shot Chop and Go, and the Weal Foot Turn, at the EA website.

Check Out FIFA 15’s Exciting New Career Mode Features

Most of the focus on FIFA 15 over the past few weeks has been on the enhanced realism of the game, but we also know that Career Mode is going to be taking a few leaps forward. Let’s take a look at some of the changes we are going to see; we think a lot of readers probably agree that Career Mode needed some work!

Player Growth – Two Major Improvements

There are going to be a couple of changes to player growth in FIFA 15. EA Sports has announced that older players who are highly rated will stay in the game longer and will not retire as early. Players that demonstrate a lot of potential early in their careers will grow more quickly. Both of these changes will create more realism, and we will no longer have to worry about early sell-by dates on awesome players who are over 30 years old. This issue was prominent in the past and just made no sense when a player realistically should continue performing great for years. Likewise, it will be a relief not having to wait around forever for players with solid potential to get past 75 on the rating scale!

Global Transfer Network – Little Change

A lot of players found the Global Transfer Network a pain in last year’s game. Transfers should have been fun and easy, but thanks to a disorganized system, they were instead a frustrating, challenging process that took away from the overall experience. Unfortunately for those of us who were hoping for a major overhaul, EA Sports hasn’t made any indications that GTN was a priority for them this year. We do know that scouts will now change the way they recommend players based on the needs of squads. That should help, but it doesn’t promise to make GTN any less frustrating overall. The entire system needs to change in order to become more efficient. That or some kind of workaround needs to be developed.

Presentation – Much Better!

It is tough to improve every aspect of a game at once, so maybe we can forgive EA Sports their shortcomings with the GTN since they have decided to focus on presentation and storyline. This aspect looks like it is going to be much improved; we will receive in-depth analysis throughout the season on the teams, players, and the leagues. This information will help when it comes time to make decisions about player transfers and should help you become a better manager.

Team Management – Total Overhaul

The changes to Team Management will impact Career Mode as well as other aspects of the game, and there have been a lot of changes. A brand new Team Selection feature will include an intuitive interface and allow you to test out different strategies, formations and styles of play. With this feature, you can optimize your squad and improve your game play out on the field.

Another new feature called Team Sheets will prevent you from having to go all the way to Team Management to change up your team for each match. Instead, you can create customized team structures for different types of matches. Team Sheets will allow you to create six different change-ups and label them in a helpful way. So you could for example have a default League Cup team, and another default Champions League team. This way when you go to different types of competitions, you don’t have to go in and customize every single time. What a huge time-saver!

How do you feel about the Team Management improvements? Are you upset that EA Sports didn’t focus more on the Global Transfer Network? Do you think the Team Sheets and the in-depth presentation information make up for it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

FIFA 15 is coming out on September 23rd in North America and September 25th in Europe; that is less than two weeks away. Be sure to pre-order FIFA 15 while you can so you can get the amazing Ultimate Team bonuses!

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Launches on Android and iOS

Can’t wait to play FIFA 15 on your mobile device? The wait is over! You can now download the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team app. Originally the apps for both operating systems were going to come out at the same time as the full version of the game for all other platforms, but the release was delayed by nearly a week. If you have already downloaded the app and started playing, you may notice it’s been a bit of a rocky release. There have been several instances of downtime since EA’s servers haven’t been handling the huge influx of traffic very well.

You can download FIFA 15 Ultimate Team from the iPhone App Store or Google Play, but you do need to have an Origin account to do it. With the app and the account, you can play Ultimate Team even when you are away from your computer. The actions you take managing your team on your mobile device will be fully synchronized with your game play at home. On the app, you can work with concept squads, you can bid for new players on the transfer market, or you can sell players you already have. You can buy new Ultimate Team packs, and you can also receive news and check updates for club activities.

How are fans reacting to the new apps? On the whole, reception has been positive; gamers love that they can now take FIFA 15 Ultimate Team with them everywhere they go. Some mobile gamers have been frustrated, though. Not only have there been connectivity problems, but there have also been some errors on the app, particularly with player transfers. Some gamers have struggled with squad changes as well.

Have you downloaded Ultimate Team for your Android or iOS device? Have you been experiencing any of these errors, or have you enjoyed an error-free gaming experience on your mobile device?

FIFA 15 Supplants Destiny as #1 Game in the UK

The results are in for video game sales in the UK last week, and they paint a glowing portrait for FIFA 15. According to the data, 80% of all game sales last week in the UK were for FIFA 15, which released in Europe on Thursday, September 25th. Not bad for a game that didn’t even release until later in the week. FIFA 15 shot straight to #1, replacing Destiny, which previously held that spot for two weeks. Disney Infinity 2.0 slid down to third place, followed up by Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Not only did FIFA 15 account for 80% of all video game sales during the week, but it also brought in an astounding 87% of the revenue. Additionally, FIFA 15 is doing better than FIFA 14 did last year. Sales are higher by 15%. The boost in sales is probably due to the release of next-gen and last-gen versions simultaneously. You can buy FIFA 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3. It is also available for Nintendo 3DS, Wii, and PSVita.

Bethesda confirms December release for Elder Scrolls Online for Xbox One and PS4

One of the most massive Multiplayer game of all times Elder Scrolls Online was released for Windows PC and Mac OSX earlier this year. This version of the exciting game for the consoles platform was slated to be released in December. Proud publishers of the game Bethesda have confirmed that the game is on schedule for release in December and with over 700,000 subscribers Bethesda considers it to be a worthwhile move to publish the game for console platform.

The Elder Scrolls Online released to rather lukewarm reviews and currently holds a score of 71 on review aggregator Metacritic. Gamers were apparently less enthusiastic, giving ESO a user rating of only 5.6. Thus suffering from a mixed reception, the game can redeem itself with the upcoming release. However one can hardly call The Elder Scrolls Online a failure judging by its massive sales. Few MMO games have managed to replicate the success of Blizzard’s genre-defining World of Warcraft, and none have managed to unseat WoW as the MMO titan.

Optimism spilled by Bethesda

Bethesda and Zenimax are surely glad to take whatever success that they can get with The Elder Scrolls Online. Even if that success has only been moderate so far, the studios are no doubt hoping that the PS4 and Xbox One version coming this December will help boost the game even further. We will hope that they remain succesful in sticking to the schedule and roll out a worthwhile game. An official date for the games release has not yet been announced.

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