Update Brings Apple Watch Support to FIFA 15 Ultimate Team

EAs free-to-play soccer game FIFA 15 Ultimate Team [Free] has been updated with Apple Watch support in anticipation of the wearables release later this week. Watch-specific features include tracking the transfer statuses of your five most coveted players, including instant notifications. In other words: in less than a week, youll be able to strap a small computer to your wrist and use it to buy and sell virtual athletes like chattel. The future is here, and the future is weird if you think about it too long.

In news not related to the impending cyberpunk sea change, the latest FIFA 15 update includes updates to the games match simulation and allows players to re-do tutorials if needed. Lastly, FIFA 15 now has new tactical options for building the best team out of the ragtag bunch of player cards youve unlocked, including new tooltips to let you know if some un-used reservist should be put in the starting 11.

If youre not familiar, Ultimate Team is a long-running mode in FIFA games that involves building a team out of players obtained from random card packs. Its one thing to get 11 warm bodies on the pitch, but each player has certain preferences: they may like certain formations more than others or feel more comfortable with teammates from their home country.

The mode was first introduced as a downloadable mode on consoles in FIFA 09 but has grown to become the de facto standard mode for competitive play, complete with its own cheating scandals, third-party re-sellers, and, of course, a mobile app.

Interested in the beautiful game on the go? Check out our review and free-to-play guide. Oh, and do take a minute to consider where youll be when the cyborg revolution comes for you-the Apple Watch will hit store shelves on Friday.

Carolina Medical Center distinguished by FIFA

Carolina Medical Center has been awarded a FIFA Medical Clinic of Excellence title. The prestigious certificate was handed over by doctor Michel D’Hooghe, Chairman of FIFA’s Medical Committee, during a ceremony in Warsaw on 16 April 2015.

The FIFA Medical Clinic of Excellence certificate is a sign of recognition for the competence of Carolina Medical Center and its personnel. FIFA has recognised that the clinic has top qualifications in the area of prevention and treatment of football injuries, promotion of preventive actions among football players, as well as education of the next generations of sports medicine specialists. Consequently, FIFA recommends Carolina Medical Center to professional and amateur football players who expect comprehensive and targeted medical care.

Granting the exclusive certificate on behalf of the International Federation of Association Football, Chairman of FIFA Medical Committee, doctor Michel D’Hooghe, emphasised that the Polish football demonstrates a clear development not only in terms of performance and infrastructure, but also in the field of specialist medical care.

During the ceremony, doctor Robert Śmigielski, the president and originator of Carolina Medical Center, presented the clinic’s long-standing actions which combine medicine and football. The clinic conducts preventive research and training programmes attended by footballers from the Polish top division.

The involvement in football is not limited to professional players, as specialists from Carolina Medical Center have conducted broad screening tests among over 5,000 primary school students. The tests help select a group of children likely to be successful in sports. The clinic also cooperates with Warsaw football schools, focusing on prevention of injuries and improvement of football potential by means of identification and strengthening of the weakest elements of the player’s locomotor system.

Doctor Robert Śmigielski emphasised that “for 17 years Carolina Medical Center has been active in the field of specialist orthopaedics. Since 1998 we have conducted a number of pioneering medical procedures, created unique treatment programmes, and got back on their feet – literally and figuratively – thousands of people for whom mobility is crucially important. I treat the FIFA accreditation as a proof of recognition for the whole team of specialists, who have fully devoted themselves to orthopaedics and sports medicine.”

FIFA 15 NOW HAS GENERATIONS

While it may not be an entirely new mode when it comes to the FIFA franchise as a whole, it is definitely new to FIFA 15, and it was just released this past week, it’s one of the most creative game modes, Generations.

For those that don’t know, Generations is a squad builder where you can showcase all of your best players from every FIFA you’ve ever played Ultimate Team on. As you can see in the picture above, there’s a wide range of players from this year all the way to FIFA 10’s ultimate team. As of now it’s only a squad builder, but it truly gets closer to using the term, ultimate team. You can have the sickest players like Maicon’s team of the year, or back when Ronaldinho still had an amazing card to those that are now retired like David Beckham.

It’s a great thing to see, and hopefully in future installments, you can actually use these squads in matches in Friendlies or against the AI. Of course having them in divisions and tournaments would be bad, extremely broken teams would be on there, but in Friendlies or your own generation mode could be added.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team down for 2 April maintenance

EA is doing another of their periodic FIFA 15 Ultimate Team server maintenance sessions today, so if you find that it’s down that’ll most likely be the reason.

The process began at 8.30am Pacific Time (4.30pm in the UK) and is scheduled to last roughly three hours. But you know how these things can go, so FIFA 15’s Ultimate Team portion may not return at 11.30am/7.30pm on the dot.

Update: As you may have expected, the maintenance has been extended to 2pm Pacific/10pm UK. Rest of the original story follows.

This maintenance session also affects the web app and mobile apps. You won’t be able to use those either while this is going on. EA isn’t giving any precise details about what this maintenance entails, so it’s probably safe to assume they’re not introducing new transfer market features or anything.

The official post about today’s FIFA 15 Ultimate Team down time can be read here. It’s not terribly exciting, though. Here’s a twitter post to match.

Bug Fixes and New Rosters Available in New FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Update for Windows Phones

The most recent updates for FIFA 15 brought new bug fixes for consoles and PCs. In addition, the new Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion clubs, Orlando City SC and New York City FC, were added to the game.

Though the mobile app hasn’t introduced the new clubs, there has been new features added to the game and bug fixes.

An update for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team on Windows and Windows Phone has just been released, and with it comes all the updated player rosters following the closure of the January transfer window for the big leagues in Europe, in addition to stability improvements to the connection of the app to EA servers.

The downloadable version for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team update for Windows and Windows Phone are located in the links below.Bug

EA FIFA 15 & FUT Servers Down – March 19, 2015

Update 2:00 AM EST: EA FIFA 15 servers are experiencing problems and several FUT players are once again frustrated by the lack of service. Late last night, EA had a scheduled maintenance which set a lot of gamers to bed unhappy.

Update 4:30 AM EST: Seems the complaints are down. Maybe servers down for a few people.

Update 11:00 AM EST: There has been a spike in complaints once again. EA fix your servers, please.

Update 2:30 PM EST: If you are still experiencing troubles accessing the server, SELL FIFA. There are reports that the EA is doing frequent maintenance to the servers to address the recent Price Range update.

Update 6:30 PM: Server issues persisting. A few people have complaints about accessing online gameplay on Xbox consoles.
Visit Downdetector to verify if there are other people facing the issue. Gamers in the UK, France, Australia and the US have reported technical difficulties signing on to the servers.

At the time of this publication several visitors to Full FIFA have reported that they are unable to play FIFA 15 online friendlies, seasons or Ultimate Team. One frustrated gamer stated “Its a joke i tried to play fifa 15 today and without even playing a game i was relegated and kept getting DNF messages.”

“The EA servers are not available at this time. Please try again later,” is the message FIFA players are getting when trying to play online.

EA Sports FIFA twitter page has not formally reported the problem, but this persistent issue will sure deter players supporting the franchise.

Best FIFA goal ever? Player scores epic 35-yard scorpion strike with Paris Saint Germain against Chelsea

As if Chelsea v Paris Saint Germain matches didn’t have enough talking points this week, this happened…

Reddit user JohnE040 has shown off this sensational goal he scored on FIFA 15 for PSG against Chelsea in a friendly match.

From what was supposed to be a bit of a mess around on the game, Ezequiel Lavezzi’s corner was smashed in on the edge of the box with an impossible 35-yard scorpion kick. Scenes.

People are already calling it the best FIFA goal of all time, and on this evidence, it’s hard to disagree.

Orlando City Now Playable in FIFA 15

If youre a FIFA video game fan, then youve most likely seen my FIFA 15 updates here on this site. With all the guessing about when EA Sports would update the game to include Orlando City SC, I was hopeful that this years game would be updated.

However, after weeks of talks that there would be an update in February-and those updates never happening-I began to feel like it wouldnt happen.

BUT, out of the blue yesterday, word began to spread that Orlando City And New York City FC made their way into the game. Naturally I rushed to turn on my PS4 to finally play with Orlando on FIFA 15. (As a side note, I did get the Orlando City roster on my PC for FIFA 15, before my computer updated and the game stopped working.)

As I opened up the game and looked into the rosters, I was heartbroken to see that Orlando wasnt on the game. Naturally, I went to the internet and learned that Orlando is NOT on the next generation consoles yet (meaning PS4 and Xbox One). They only exist on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

For some reason, EA Sports put both expansion teams into the Rest of World section of the game, instead of into the MLS. Weird.

So, because I didnt have a last-gen version of the game, I called up one of my friends, who helped me out. He gave me a rundown of the ratings of all the players from the game. Some are surprising, and others are disappointing.

As you can see from this picture that my friend graciously took, some of the ratings are a bit surprising. The best surprise for Orlando fans is that Kevin Molino comes right out of the gate as a 67 overall. Original ratings from the game had him at a 49, so having him go up almost 20 is a nice thing to see. They also have Darwin Ceren at a 60 overall and as a starter, because they do not have Cristian Higuita on the roster yet. Rafael Ramos comes on as a 58 overall, which includes an 86 agility and 78 acceleration.

Meanwhile, on the bench, they have Josh Ford at a 58, Estrela at a 56, Eric Avila at a 64, Martin Paterson at a 64, Seb Hines at a 65, Carlos Rivas at a 64, Lewis Neal at a 60, Pedro Ribiero at a 61, Tyler Turner at a 56, Sean St. Ledger with the second best defender rating, at a 67, Tony Cascio at a 63, Tally Hall at a 67, Harrison Heath at 50 and Danny Mwanga at a 61.

With all of this said, the biggest disappointment in this update is Bryan Rochez. The young Designated Player is listed as the worst player on the Orlando City roster. Harrison Heath even has a one point advantage over him in ratings. Its only a matter of time before these ratings get updated, but Rochez needs to prove over the next few weeks, that he deserves better than a 49 overall.

For now, if you own a PS3 or Xbox 360, then Im jealous of you. Hopefully the folks with the next-gen consoles will get an update in the next few days. If there are any updates to FIFA 15, stay tuned to this space and well tell you about it. This story will be updated with any news that comes out over the next few days.

Until then, to all you last-gen gamers: enjoy the fun! I envy you.

Harry Kane reveals that he wishes he was rated higher in FIFA 15

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has told Sport magazine that he believes he should be rated slightly higher on FIFA 15.

Kane, 21, who has been a revelation this season for Spurs, received the biggest stat jump of any gold player during the FIFA 15 winter update, going from 68 to 77 but the forward isn’t satisfied.

Speaking to Sport he said that he plays FIFA a lot and that the main area he thinks his stats need a boost in the physical department, saying that he has done a lot of work during pre-season to boost his strength and speed.

The striker, who has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season also said that he felt his finishing could do with a boost.

“I play FIFA and Madden a lot,” said Kane.

“I play as Tottenham quite a bit on FIFA and I always put myself on. Hopefully my stats might have gone up a bit!”

Kane is a rarity in that he is a player who completely caught game developers by surprise with his performance this season.

He initially was mainly used as a cup striker at the start of the season but soon his performances saw him work his way into the first-team and he hasn’t looked back since.

He played for the full 90 minutes during the Capital One Cup final but he was unable to have an impact on the game as Spurs lost 2-0 to Chelsea.

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?