Jordon Ibe FIFA 15 update for Liverpool FC

Earlier this week we spoke about the fact that EA has yet to put Martin Odegaard into Real Madrid’s squad on FIFA 15 FUT, despite the player having made an official move in the transfer window.

Now, we wanted to speak about another player that has seemingly been forgotten about – rising Liverpool FC star Jordon Ibe.

If you have been following this player closely in recent months, you’ll know that he went on loan to Championship side Derby County.

EA acknowledged this by transferring his FUT card over to Derby Country. However, Liverpool has now recalled the player as of the January transfer window and he has been playing for Liverpool’s first team for a number of weeks.

He’s had a great impact on the team as well and is now the subject of talk all over social media. EA are usually so efficient when it comes to player transfers, so it’s strange to see that Jordon Ibe is still a Derby Country player on FIFA 15 as it stands.

Has EA simply forgotten about this player and that he should be back in Liverpool’s squad? On top of that, there’s now the argument that he deserves a much better rating than the 67 card that he currently has at the moment.

A 70 card would be fair in our opinion, but then again EA are pretty strict when it comes to upgrading players – we haven’t seen enough of Ibe perhaps.

What we do want to see though is a Jordon Ibe FIFA 15 update which acquires the official face of the player. Right now, it’s not in the game as you can see from our images above.

Are you surprised that Ibe is still playing for Derby County and not Liverpool?

FIFA 15 Players Will Have 600 Emotions

We’re just a couple short months away from the release of FIFA 15, the newest installment in the popular soccer sim series by EA Sports. One of the developer’s highest priorities this year is the realism of players and interactions. To that end, the developers have added 600 different emotional player animation responses to the game. This is an incredible amount of variety. Different actions on the fields and different outcomes will spawn different player reactions, and as the game evolves, player responses will mirror what is taking place. This will give FIFA 15 “emotion and intensity.”

Even fans in the stands will have more personality, singing songs which actually fit with the teams and players they are backing. They will do elaborate cheers based on real-life cheers, and will respond intelligently and uniquely to the action on the soccer field.

With improvements like these, FIFA 15 is destined to be one of the most popular games of the year, and the best game in the FIFA franchise yet! When does FIFA 15 come out? You will be able to buy FIFA 15 on September 23rd in the US and September 26th in the UK. Don’t want to wait until release date to put in your order? Good idea! You can pre-order FIFA 15 now. Doing so will lock in your price, guarantee you will be playing FIFA 15 on the day it is released, and give you access to 15 free ultimate team packs!

FIFA 15 Eriksen MOTM review with amazing dribbling

You may not be aware, but TOTY and TOTW FIFA 15 cards are not the only special events that have been ongoing in the game recently. EA has now started to offer FIFA 15 MOTM cards for FUT as well, the latest one being the Christian Eriksen MOTM card for Fifa 15 Ultimate Team. Build your dream team needs a lot of fifa coins, click to visit the best fifa 15 coins supplier here.

EA has based these cards on recent performances by a player in a cup competition. In Eriksen’s case, he had a great game against Sheffield United in the League Cup, so now he’s available with a special rating.

The important thing to note though, is that he will only be available for 24 hours! This timer has been ongoing since Wednesday evening, so EA will remove this card from FUT Gold packs at midnight on Thursday UK time.

The special rating boosts Eriksen to an 85 overall rating, compared to his default rating of 83. More importantly, his dribbling is now amazing with EA giving him an 87 dribble stat, combined with 88 free kick accuracy.

FIFA 15: Five Premier League players that need upgrading

The annual winter upgrades approach us very soon, so we thought that EA Sports could use some help in deciding which criminally underrated players deserve a well deserved FIFA 15 boost.

This list in particular deals with the Premier League players whose ratings don’t justify their real life performances, or perhaps they’ve shown so much improvement since the beginning of the season that their current overall doesn’t reflect their new found form. There’s no doubt that there are a lot of candidates for this reward.

Each year EA Sports releases a set of January upgrades, and even then there are some debatable inclusions and exclusions from the final bunch.

But this year we won’t let our favourite underrated players go unnoticed!

And so judging by this season so far, GiveMeSport’s Matt Solomon’s has chosen a number of Premier League stars who he would like to see upgraded in FIFA 15…

FIFA 15 Tops UK’s 100 Bestselling Games of 2014 List

Chart-Track and UKIE have released a list of the top 100 selling videogames of 2014, and FIFA 15 sees itself at the top of the list to the surprise of absolutely no-one. FIFA 14 even makes an appearance, only six spots off the top.

The chart takes into account physical copies of games sold and – we’re told – no bundled copies, so the likes of Sunset Overdrive appearing way down at #53 in the list isn’t really surprising, either. Minecraft: Xbox Edition makes a strong showing at #6, while Destiny is the highest-placed new IP of the year, charting in the #4 position. Titanfall gears up at #12, while Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare makes a strong showing at #20, one spot ahead of Forza Horizon 2.

FIFA 15: New Career With The Houston Dynamo

As the off-season continues to drag on for Major League Soccer fans, it’s only natural that fans would turn to simulators to help fill the void. I’ve always been a huge FIFA series fan, owning many titles in the series. Now that the latest copy is in my hands, I figured I’d go ahead and play my favorite mode, Career Mode, in the hopes of leading the Dynamo to more glory than they saw in 2014.

This will strictly be a manager mode. I’ll set the rosters, make transfers and what have you but won’t be participating in the matches. In this way it’ll mimic more what the others are doing with the Football Manager series. I know there are several ways to easily increase the budget as well and none of those will be used. This is strictly a straight up career. So, without further adieu, let’s get on with the show!

As I take over the reigns of the Houston Dynamo, the board gives me two objectives right off the bat: reach the quarter-final in the US Open Cup and qualify for the playoffs. Doesn’t sound too tough a job, but then I glance at the roster and there’s a lot of work to do. Also waiting in my e-mail is a message from my Head Scout, Taylor Johannsson informing me that there is a severe weakness in central midfield and he already has some options lined up.

What jumps out right off the bat is the weakness in central defense more than midfield to me, though. For some reason Garrido isn’t listed as a squad player while Torres and Rodriguez, along with Inkoom, Sturgis and Willis, are. Weird. With that in mind I go ahead and set up my team sheet as is, with Lopez partnering alongside Clark and Torres up top with Barnes, pushing Bruin to the bench. That defense though…

With a budget of $4.1M and a wage budget of $25,000, it’s going to be tough to make all the changes needed. First things first is to put Lisch, Rodriguez and Johnson on the loan list. All three could use some playing time to help grow. Hoffman is kept around, giving me a solid stable of strikers to work with. Besides help at centerback, the wings are looking mighty thin with only Davis and Garcia as natural wingers. They’ll need some backups incase of injury or national team commitments.

The central midfielders recommended by Johannsson are a combination of amusing to not bad. Higuain, Feilhaber, Dorman, Edu and Juninho highlight the list. While Higuain and Juninho would be fantastic, the odds of landing either are slim. Best to start the leg work myself. First up is checking the Free Agent list for centerbacks and a few names jump right off the list: 18 year old Luis Canga, 19 year old Miguel Araujo and 21 year old Cedric Djeugoue. All three look like promising defenders so I scout them further.

For the central midfielder role, I start scouting Free Agent Gualberto Mojica, a 29 year old. He looks like the perfect kind of player to play in front of Clark, capable of dictating the play with his great short and long passing and good ball control and movement. His defense is even pretty good. Two others I keep an eye on are Krzysztof Maczunski and Hector Ortiguilla. Hopefully I’ll be able to sign one of them to bolster the spine of the team.

Wing players are in short supply as Free Agents, netting just Lucio Reija for the left and Nejc Pecnik on the right.

With scouting still commencing on the FAs, First Kick is on upon us so I go into the season with no changes yet. Lopez starts with Clark and Torres up top with Barnes. While Inkoom looked ok in pre-season, it looks best to use Sarkodie until the Ghanaian gets his legs under him.

March 8, 2014 vs New England Revolution

The match starts off poorly with a 4′ goal to Davies and goes to worse as Fagundez and Nguyen increase the lead with a pair of second half goals. Ouch. Even some defensive help off the bench can’t right this match as the Revs take a 3-0 win on the road. Man, even in the game the Revs have our number. Jermaine Jones absolutely dominates the middle of the park, preventing us from creating many real threats.

March 15, 2014 vs Montreal Impact

Well, after a few tactical adjustments, the second game kicks off. A 15′ goal by Davis is canceled out by Felipe just a minute later. Too busy celebrating the first goal of the season. A 57′ strike by Lopez gives us the lead again, though. Ashe comes in for Run while Memo takes over for Clark. Both have great sub minutes, helping to keep the Montreal offense at bay to secure the first win of the season!

March 30, 2014 at Vancouver Whitecaps

After a needed bye-week to calm the nerves and continue scouting for players, we get out first game away from the comfy confines of BBVA Compass Stadium. Canada has never been nice to the Dynamo, but with confidence high after the win, we go in with no changes. Bad idea. A 5′ goal from Morales starts things off poorly. Clark levels the match in the 50′, only for the Dynamo to give up a 55′ goal to Hurtado and the clincher comes in the 87′ when Morales bags a brace. The defense is off to a poor start.

April 5, 2014 vs FC Dallas

The pressure is really on as we host our biggest rivals. A 1′ goal to Keel is continues to trend of conceding early goals. After the shaky start by the defense, Cochran levels the scoring with a set-piece goal to level the score in the 34′. After a tense 1st half, and an even more tense 2nd half, the match seems destined to end as a tie. Barnes finds some space, receives a pass from Torres to take the lead in the 78’! Yes! The team holds on desperately for the win. After 4 games, we are in 5th place.

It’s clear after the first few games that the defense is in serious need of some work. Let’s check out the scouting reports and hope for some good news.

‘FIFA 15: Ultimate Team’ Guide – How to Win Without Paying Real Money

Ultimate Team is a misnomer

The first trick to FIFA 15: Ultimate Team is in the name. You might think this is about building the best team possible and then wrecking the world with them. Not so fast, my friend. The game will give you some solid players to build a competent squad early on, but it takes its time to introduce the contracts feature, which makes players a ticking time bomb and a resource to be managed.

Each match you play counts down the number of contracts on a player, and then they’re unusable unless or until you use a contract consumable on them. As such, using your silver and gold players early on is a pathway to the doom of your wallet. As such, your goal needs to not be to build the ultimate team in that you’re building the best team in the universe, but that you’re building the ultimate team for the task ahead of you.

Win with the worst team you can contend with.

Quite simply, you want to run out there with not the best squad, but the squad that fits the lowest classification for as long as possible. This means using bronze players while they’re cheap and effective. In general, based on the difficulty level, you can play well below the computer’s team rating. Novice difficulty is playing soccer against an elementary school team. Amateur is only really slightly better. The AI only really starts picking up in competence once you get to Semi-Pro, and I recommend playing on that whenever possible at least. But whenever you have an easier match? Run out the scrubs and reserves! The higher the difficulty, the less gap you have depending on your skills.

Top-flight, 4 star or above teams, start to get to the point where they’re so physically dominant that unless you’re a FIFA expert, you’re probably going to get manhandled by them if you run a weaker squad out, no matter what. They’ll win more 50/50 balls, get more corners, breakaways, everything, to the point that it’s ridiculous. It will take some feel to know how bad of a team you can roll out there, but you’ll start to get a hang of it. But use your best team as a limited supply of bullets that you only bring out in the most important circumstances. Bronze players are cheap and replaceable, if you can win with them you can save a lot of coins.

Use multiple squads and the squad builder.

Thankfully, you don’t have to build your team every single time you take on a match for different quality opponents. You can have multiple squads, and I generally like to have a squad with just bronze players, silver and bronze players, and then a gold-quality team. You can use the team builder to make this process a lot easier, but I generally recommend going in and playing around with the roster additionally beyond that. You might want to switch around your bench and reserves so that you’re not wasting contracts on players just sitting around. As well, I recommend playing around with different formations.

Sometimes you might get a squad with a higher rating and/or chemistry if you build it to different formations. If you’re a junkie of the sport, you’ll know what each means, but if you’re a more casual fan, I’d say to go with the formation that makes for the strongest team. As well, while it may come at a chemistry deficit, sometimes it’s worth switching out weak players at a specific position with stronger players who, are, say, midfielders, but don’t play CAM position. In general, I’d say that you ideally want to run the most physically capable squad out there.

Remember, you can’t buy coins, so everything is earnable through playing

Don’t spend your coins all willy-nilly, as the only way to get them is to play matches and sell items. It helps keep the economy of the game in order since you can’t directly just effortlessly buy coins and wreck the transfer market. If you’re smart and handle your money wisely, you can buy more valuable card packs instead of spending money on dinky lower-tier packs. And remember: every card pack (the exception being that limited-time RED pack) can be bought with coins.

So don’t be afraid to grind coins with bad teams if you ever find yourself short. You get coins even from losses, so every match has a reward – but optimizing your rewards is key. There are many objectives where the reward is fewer coins than it would cost to buy the item that would trigger the objective’s reward. If you complete it naturally, then that’s fine and dandy. If not, then, you can get small rewards easily.

With your good teams, avoid playing matches without a greater reward.

Quick games, team of the week matches, these can be fun, but confer no greater rewards. Spend your time in seasons and tournaments. Online play is an especially egregious risk. Remember that you’re going to be going up against people on cellular and wi-fi connections that aren’t always stable, and your connection can have issues! These games are incredibly risky to play, even though there are rewards to be had.

Additionally, the people who are playing in these matches are generally way too good, so unless you’re extremely competent at FIFA, I’d just stay away. Tournaments can be risky as you don’t win the prize unless you win the whole thing, but they can often have extremely valuable prizes.

The transfer market is a great way to earn and save money.

Exactly what it says on the tin. Packs come with a lot of players and items. Many them are worthless and disposable, but it’s often quite possible to profit off of packs. You can do so by selling items and players you don’t need from your club, which even for low-level bronze players, is an option. After all, there’s times when someone’s gonna want low-level filler, and if you can pick up a cheap option, hey, good for you. Silver and gold players will often go for a lot more, but you can nab some real bargains.

You will often find good silver and gold players selling for very cheap, as some people will just quickly auction off players without really knowing or researching their values. They’ll go quick, so if you see a good bargain, bid or buy now right when you see it. As well, always have as many transfer auction slots going as possible, you never know when something will wind up selling, and there’s no reason for you to just have items you won’t really use sitting around in your club!

How you play the game itself can affect your riches.

We’ve talked a lot about the structure of the Ultimate Team meta-game, but the settings of the game itself are important, too!

This is all a matter of personal preference when playing, but experiment with camera angles beyond just the default angle. The problem with this is that aiming shots doesn’t work in the same way as passes, where pointing in a direction will aim the pass in that direction. For shots, it’s the spot of the goal that you’re aiming for. As such, you’ll fire a lot of shots to the left or right of the goal depending on which direction you’re going in a side-angle camera. The end to end camera does a better job at allowing you to aim shots all over the net, but I find that going north seems to provide a greater view of the field than going south. The Sensible Soccer top-down view helps out a lot with this, but you get such a bad clue as to what the height of the ball is. Spend a lot of your early, easy matches playing around with camera angles and even the height/zoom settings. The camera that lets you most easily pull off passes, see opportunities, and score goals will help you get the gold you need to not have to buy FIFA points.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare beats FIFA 15 to become Christmas number one

It beat FIFA 15 to the top spot in part due to a well-timed retail promotion, a tactic FIFA 14 used to beat Call of Duty: Ghosts to the Christmas number one spot last year, according to GfK Chart-Track.

GTA 5 is in third place, followed by Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed Unity in fourth and fifth respectively.

Elsewhere, The Crew climbed five places from 11th to 6th following a price cut – the PS4 version is £15 cheaper than last week – while Destiny, two versions of Minecraft and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham complete the top ten.

The top 20 in full:

1. (2) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
2. (1) FIFA 15 (EA Sports)
3. (3) Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
4. (4) Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
5. (10) Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft)
6. (11) The Crew (Ubisoft)
7. (9) Destiny (Activision)
8. (7) Minecraft: Xbox Edition (Microsoft)
9. (8) Minecraft: PlayStation Edition (Sony)
10. (5) LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Warner Bros)
11. (6) Just Dance 2015 (Ubisoft)
12. (13) Driveclub (Sony)
13. (12) WWE 2K15 (Take-Two)
14. (16) The Evil Within (Bethesda)
15. (27) Assassin’s Creed Rogue (Ubisoft)
16. (15) Super Smash Bros (Nintendo)
17. (20) Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros)
18. (17) Dragon Age: Inquisition (Electronic Arts)
19. (29) Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
20. (22) LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony)

 

EA Sports Boosts Tim Cahill’s Rating in FIFA 15

The other week, we saw the top player rankings released for FIFA 15. Amid the usual arguing about ratings assigned, there was a particular outcry by fans on the behalf of New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill. EA Sports had assigned the Socceroos star’s rating as just 69. Tim Cahill is actually featured on the cover of the Australian edition of FIFA 15, and is one of the brand’s ambassadors. Gamers, furious about his low rating, launched a deluge of complaints at EA, stating that the decision was “disrespectful,” “a disgrace,” “disgusting,” and other words which we probably shouldn’t type here. Some gamers even threatened to boycott FIFA 15.

We still don’t why EA made the initial decision it did. Having hunted around, we haven’t found much in the way of comment from the publisher—except an excuse which may or may not have any truth in it. EA claims they never rated Cahill with a 69, and that the number in question was “pulled from a resource without access to final FIFA 15 data.”

The statement is a bit strange, since the word “final” suggests that at some point they were considering giving Cahill a 69. Regardless of the details, they have listened to their players and have boosted Tim Cahill’s rating from 69 up to 74. This is only partially satisfactory, and in some ways still seems to be an insult. Why? Last year, Cahill rated a 75. Players with ratings of 75 and above are considered “gold cards,” in the FIFA games. While EA has boosted Cahill’s rating, they have not returned him to gold card status.

Do you think EA was being deliberately misleading with their vague statement, or that the 69 rating really was just a false rumor? Are you angry that Cahill still doesn’t rate a 75? Vent your frustrations in the comments below. Be sure and check out the Top 50 player list if you haven’t yet to see where all of your favorite stars rank.

And finally, make sure you pre-order FIFA 15 before the pre-order time window closes! FIFA 15 is coming out in just a couple of days, and you really don’t want to miss out on the incredible bonuses. Right now for $59.99, you can pre-order the standard edition and get 15 free Ultimate Team packs! For just $10 more, you can get 40 Ultimate Team packs, Messi on loan for your first 5 season games, the Adidas Predator collection, the Adidas All-Star team, and three new celebrations!

FIFA 15 GETS NEW CHRISTMAS PROMO WITH MESSI AND HAZARD

The Christmas and New Year holiday season is too close and it wouldn’t be justified if there are no special advertisements to mark the occasion.

Every retailer and developer has started pushing their products, so as to excite people into buying it. And, it wouldn’t be the best without some great gaming is what the people at Microsoft and Electronic Arts think.

The all new FIFA 15 promo featuring Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard is out now that showcases both the stars playing a game of soccer on the Xbox One console. It’s not the best trailer in recent times but you would definitely enjoy watching it through. But, the big news is not about the promo, but more about the special offer that is being introduced to gamers. The Christmas special edition of the game comes with special features, additional content and bonus goodies that make the purchase an enticing offer to go with.

Head on Head Match

In the promo video, Messi goes against Hazard and the match between Barcelona and Chelsea is really intense. But, the commentators and the cheer people are completely different in the video, because, instead of real people or coaches, it is the gingerbread man as well as snow cupcakes that cheer both players into scoring goals. Both of them play intensely, in the FIFA 15 game, of course, and each tries to win over the other.

However, as both of them are equally good and also in order to avoid any controversy, the ad ends with Messi and Hazard scoring an equal. Both of them score one goal each and the match ends as a tie. So, maybe it’s time for a goal kick in the next advertisement or something new, we don’t know yet. The game looks cool and EA says this is the season to play it.

Goodies Coming up

The holiday special deluxe edition of FIFA 15 comes bundled with FIFA points that players could spend to improvise their Ultimate Team. It also includes a newly adorned Messi as an FUT player, who will be open for you to pick up for up to five games, as well as the catalog items from the EA Sports football club. There’s an Adidas sponsored stars team, besides more goodies to look into, in this pack. However, you will be able to get the deluxe edition of FIFA 15 only through an online download.