Soccer Team Signs FIFA Player, Cuts Him Two Days Later Over “Online Behaviour”

Two days ago, Dutch soccer club PSV proudly announced the signing of 22 year-old FIFA player Tony Kok to their esports team. Before the weekend was over, that contract had been torn up over sexist comments Kok has made on Twitter over the years. PSV—who were so proud of the initial announcement that they made this trailer for it—say in a statement on the club’s website that while they performed a background check before offering the deal, “Kok and his management failed to share information about his past”. Advertisement They’re referring to a number of deleted tweets (which fans have since recovered, and some of which are viewable on SoccerNews) in which Kok makes derogatory, sexist comments towards women. One particular tweet stands out though, where Kok—who it turns out is a fan of Ajax, a rival Dutch club—calls PSV fans “gay”. Advertisement Speaking with Dutch site Omroep Brabant, PSV’s general manager Toon Gerbrands said “The behavior that Kok has shown online is so far from the core values of PSV that a continuation of our cooperation is impossible. This was a hopeless and embarrassing READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The Best Sports Video Game

The latest sports games are not always the best. There’s an obsession with incremental changes and bullet-point features in the sports game scene, one which challenges fan’s ability to take a step back and assess each game as its own standalone title. It’s something I try and address in my own sports reviews on this site, and it’s something I’m taking to its logical conclusion here in this Quixotic attempt to pluck one game out of hundreds and call it the “best”. FIFA 17 vs PES 2017: Which Is Better? Welcome to the next generation, FIFA. What took you so long? Read more Sports games by their nature don’t turn up for each new season as entirely fresh products. The economics of the industry have determined that they re-use the same engine and models for years at a time, which means the difference between them can often be limited to current uniforms, a few new features and some adjustments to ball physics. And those changes are usually influenced as much by fan feedback as they are by the development teams working on them. Advertisement So it’s tough looking at say Madden 17 READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

DLC & Patches

FIFA 17 Update 1.11 on PS4 & Xbox One Today Includes Stability Fixes

[embedded content] Players have revealed that FIFA 17 update 1.11 is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with Xbox One players saying it’s 836MB. According to the PS4’s Update History, here’s what’s included: Addressed the Following General stability fixes Addressed the Following in FIFA Ultimate Team Addressed a text overlap in the FUT Champions leaderboard Addressed the Following in Gameplay Addressed an issue where players will freeze when using an offside trap. Several months ago, a Redditor discovered the mention of momentum and adaptive difficulty in FIFA 17’s files, suggesting that the game changes based on your performance. Speaking with Eurogamer, Creative Director Matt Prior discussed momentum: It’s something we often get asked. Is there something in there that scripts things? I can assure you there absolutely isn’t. It is just football. That kind of thing happens in football. Prior adds that “there is error in some of the algorithms for traps,” but “that’s all measured on an individual level. It doesn’t take into account, oh, this is 1-0 in the 90th minute, let’s give this guy more error. It’s very much individual. And as a result it can happen at any time.” The next FIFA title, FIFA 18, releases on READ FULL STORY AT…


E3 2017 – EA and FIFA Announce Largest EA Sports FIFA Competition

EA and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) just announced that they will launch the largest EA Sports FIFA competition sometime in the fall of 2017, allowing players all over the world to compete for the title of FIFA 18 world champion. The competition, which will be powered by FIFA 18 and FIFA Ultimate Team, will feature multiple points of entry for players to get a chance to grab a spot in the multi-week playoff and grand final. Here are the many ways interested competitors will be able to join the competition: Official football league competitions – Players will have the opportunity to represent their favorite real-life club through official league competitions. FIFA Ultimate Team Champions Cups– Open to all eligible players, this mass entry tournament starts with online matchmaking with top players qualifying for live events this winter and spring. New FIFA Interactive Club World Cup – An All-Star tournament featuring players signed to clubs. AND, top-tier competitive gaming organizations will help us deliver even more ways for players to compete at the highest levels. More information on the competition will be made available sometime in the summer. As for FIFA 18, it’s set for release READ FULL STORY…


E3 2017 – EA Announces “Free Play Days at EA Play” Free Game Trials

EA has announced that, in celebration of the success of its recent Play to Give charity event, it’s giving free access to several of its latest games and content from June 10 to June 18. For PlayStation 4 owners, there will be free limited-time game trials of Madden NFL 17, FIFA 17, TitanFall 2, EA SPORTS UFC 2, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. Additionally, Those who own Star Wars Battlefront will also gain access to all premium maps and heroes during the time period. The trial for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will be limited to 10 hours, access to the FIFA 17 Journey mode will be limited to 2 hours, the Titanfall 2 trial will be limited to Gauntlet and the Beacon single-player content as well as multiplayer features, and the EA Sports UFC 2 trial will last up to 5 hours. It must be noted though that an EA account is required to access online play and multiplayer features for all the titles mentioned and a PlayStation Plus subscription is required for multiplayer access for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Madden NFL 17, FIFA 17, Titanfall 2, and EA Sports UFC 2. READ FULL…


E3 2017 – FIFA 18 “The Journey: Hunter Returns” Story Mode Announced, Gameplay Trailer Released

[embedded content] EA has just shown off quite a bit of stuff about FIFA 18 at their EA Play press conference at E3 2017 including the game’s first gameplay trailer as well as a trailer for the game’s new story mode called “The Journey: Hunter Returns.” The gameplay trailer shows off the game’s new Real Player Motion Technology, which is a new animation system which provides better responsiveness and personality to the players’ movements. As previously mentioned, EA also showed off the new story mode coming with FIFA 18 called The Journey: Hunter Returns, which stars a character named Alex Hunter. Here’s the description of The Journey from the trailer: After a breakthrough first season in the Premier League, the whole world is talking about Alex Hunter. Now he’s back for a second season, and rumour has it, he’s on the move. The transfer window opens July 1st and you can experience The Journey: Hunter Returns when FIFA 18 launches September 29, 2017. [embedded content] FIFA 18 is set for release on September 29, 2017, for the PlayStation 4 and other platforms. We’ll keep updating this post as new information becomes available. In the meantime, check out all READ FULL…


FIFA 18 Releases on September 29 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Switch & PC

[embedded content] FIFA 18 releases worldwide on Friday, September 29 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and PC, EA announced today. Pre-ordering the Ronaldo Edition ($79.99 USD) or Icon Edition ($99.99 USD) gets you three-day early access on Tuesday, September 26. The press release says “not all features available on all platforms,” and the fine print in the trailer says, “Frostbite game engine technology and The Journey: Hunter Returns mode are available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platform versions only.” Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid C.F. is the cover athlete for FIFA 18. Here’s what to expect when pre-ordering the different versions of FIFA 18 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC: FIFA 18 Standard Edition – $59.99 USD/£59.99 Up to 5 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for five weeks – worth up to $15) Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition – $79.99 USD/£79.99 Play from September 26th with 3 Days Early Access Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks – worth up to $60) Cristiano Ronaldo FUT READ…


The FIFA Goal That Just Wouldn't Go In

GIF Some days, it can seem like every force in the universe is against you. This FIFA player must have done something in a past life, as for thirty straight seconds, as he lands the most improbable non-goal possible in FIFA 17. MrMaskTV, a FIFA Twitch streamer, posted this clip earlier today, where a simple kick turns into a slo-mo symphony of failure. After a long walk down the white line, the ball is batted clear by the goaltender and sent back into play. Hopefully, the player went on to actually score some points. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

EA Sports

Report: Sony May Have Snagged FIFA 18 Marketing Deal From EA

Electronic Arts’ FIFA is one of its highest-selling franchises, particularly in the European region, so it’s no surprise that console manufacturers are interested in marketing deals for the games. Over the past few years, EA Sports and Microsoft have remained in a partnership over FIFA but if the photo above is anything to go by, it looks like Sony’s stepping up this year. The photo was posted by Polish YouTuber Oskar “Junajted” Siwiec (pictured) on Facebook, who attended a FIFA 18 event in Germany a couple of days ago. It was subsequently picked up by fans online and has since been making rounds but there’s no official confirmation of anything yet so we’re taking this one with a grain of salt. Some are suggesting that the photo may have been photoshopped while others say that FIFA games are often shown off on PlayStation consoles in Germany. However, photos from last year’s FIFA event display Xbox logos on the banner so we’re not sure if that’s an accurate claim. Either way, we’ll find out in due course. What do our readers think of this? [Source: Oskar “Junajted” Siwiec (Facebook) FIFA Forums via NeoGAF] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Decided On 90th-Minute Set Piece

GIF After two days of play in Berlin, the grand finals for the FIFA Ultimate Team Championship came down to the wire between Chevrey “Vitality_Rocky” Corentin and Shaun “xShellzz” Springette. Despite losing the lead on his home turf, a last-minute rally helped Corentin barely scrape by and secure his spot as the 2017 Ultimate Team champion. The two were each victors on their respective console, Corentin on Xbox One and Springette on PlayStation 4, but the format for FIFA Ultimate Team tournaments mandates an aggregate score over two games, one played on each. In the past, this has led to some players looking a little flustered when playing on an “away” console, but the two finalists seemed like they had done their homework prior to this event. On the PlayStation 4, it was a tense match between the two that culminated in a goal near the end of full-time, putting Corentin in the lead on his away console. With a 2-1 lead headed into his home turf, Corentin seemed set for an easy time of it. It soon became apparent, however, that Springette had also been doing some due diligence on the opposing console. The PlayStation READ FULL STORY AT…

DLC & Patches

FIFA 17 Update 1.09 on PS4 Just Includes General Stability Fixes

[embedded content] Weighing in at 455MB, FIFA 17 update 1.09 is now live on PlayStation 4. According to the message that pops up when you go to play FIFA 17, the update includes “general stability fixes.” The message adds, “Thanks to those who’ve provided feedback. Throughout the course of the FIFA 17 season we’ll provide you with more information and updates if and when they become available.” This is the same update that went live on PC last week. As EA revealed in their latest financial report, FIFA 17 has seen more than 21 million total players, and more than 12 million players have tried out The Journey story mode. FIFA 18 is scheduled to release by the end of September 2017 on consoles and PC. Expect to hear much more about this year’s FIFA, as well as EA’s other games, during the EA Play live broadcast on June 10. [Source: Chris Owen, Reddit, FIFA Forums] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Ten Years Ago, Dead Or Alive Launched The Careers Of The Highest-Paid Women Pro Gamers

Vanessa Arteaga had been playing fighting games since she was a child, long before she became one of the highest-paid women in competitive gaming history—but her tens of thousands in winnings still pale in comparison to the millions that her male peers have made in competitive gaming in the years since. Advertisement Her older brother started her off, because he needed someone to play fighting games with and she was nearby. In 2000, when she was 12 years old, he brought home Dead or Alive 2. She was skeptical. She hadn’t ever played a 3D fighting game before. Right away, she enjoyed everything about Dead or Alive 2: the characters, the style of play, the moves, the stages and what would become the game’s signature emphasis on counter-attacks. Advertisement She also noticed that, unlike other fighting games she had played the ‘90s, Dead or Alive 2 had a majority-women roster of fighters. As a young girl, she liked having the option to play as a woman: “I did gravitate towards the females – you look at them, even if they are video game characters, and think: ‘They’re so cool! I wanna be like them!’ Especially when I was young, I…

FIFA 17 Sold 2.5 Million Copies in the UK Last Year, Beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In the ERA’s report for entertainment sales (video, music, and games) in the UK for 2016, they say £6.3 billion was generated, which is a new record and is up 3% from 2015. Total physical entertainment sales dropped by 15% in 2016 as digital sales rose, though there were some bright spots on the retail side: handheld software was up 21.3% £48.8 million (likely thanks to Pokemon Sun/Moon) and vinyl records were up 56.4% to £65.6 million. Games revenue was up 2.9% to just under £3 billion, but physical game sales declined 16% to £776 million. Digital game sales, meanwhile, were up 12% to £2.2 billion. The biggest-selling entertainment release of the year was FIFA 17 with 2.5 million copies sold – almost the exact same number as FIFA 16 in 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was #1 in video with 2.3 million copies sold, while Now That’s What I Call Music 95 was the #1 album with over 900,000 copies sold. Despite lagging behind Black Ops 3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the #2 best-selling game of 2016 in the UK. Likely in third place was Battlefield 1, which moved over one million copies. Entertainment Retailers Association CEO Kim Bayley said: The music, video and games industries were understandably nervous about the advent of new digital…


No Man’s Sky Disappears From UK’s September Digital Sales Chart

SuperData has revealed September’s digital sales chart for the UK, and Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky is nowhere to be found. The game, which came out in August, was marred by controversy and mediocre reviews following years of anticipation by fans. Unsurprisingly, FIFA 17 dominated the charts, generating £9.11m digitally in its first two days. The number two spot was taken by Activision’s Destiny with £4.78m, thanks in part Destiny: The Collection, which released on September 20. Last year’s FIFA 16 claimed the third position, generating £4.35m. Following is the list of UK’s top ten digital titles for the month of September 2016: FIFA 17 (EA) Destiny (Activision) FIFA 16 (EA) Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Activison) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar) Star Wars Battlefront (EA) Forza Horizon 3 (Microsoft) Overwatch (Activison) Tom Clancy’s The Division (Ubisoft) Rocket League (Psyonix) Digital revenue-wise, both Electronic Arts and Activision remain the top publishers. For UK’s weekly retail charts, click here. [Source: MCV] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!