FUT 13 – Sixth Day of FUTmas: Gold 13 & Premium Gold 13 Packs – FIFA 13 Ultimate Team

The sixth day of FUTmas (much like a Happy Hour / Happy DAY) is now live worldwide until 11.59pm (UK time) December 24th 2012! The duration will be 24 hours and TOTW 14 in-form players will be available. Find Gold 13 & Premium Gold 13 Packs in store all day!

5k Gold 13 & 7.5k Premium Gold 13 Pack Limit: Unlimited
(100 FIFA Points per Gold 13)
(150 FIFA Points per Premium Gold 13)
Gold 13 Packs include: 1 more item than a standard gold pack (13 items), mostly gold and 1 ‘shiny’ rare.
Gold 13 Premium Packs include: 1 more item than a standard premium gold pack (13 items), mostly gold and 3 ‘shiny’ rares.

(Click below to see TOTW 14):
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Now is the time to fire up your consoles or login to the web application to make the most of the sixth day of FUTmas! If you’re thinking about spending your coins or FIFA Points on packs, then now is certainly the time to do it.
Good luck and let us know who you get! To let other FUTers know which players you have got or to swap tips and arrange trades head over to our FUT 13 Live Chat feature!
For Live FUT 13 Updates (including Happy Hour and TOTW reminders)

FUT 13 – Fifth Day of FUTmas: Lionel Messi 91! – FIFA 13 Ultimate Team

The Fifth day of FUTmas is now live worldwide until 11.59pm (UK time) December 23rd 2012! The duration will be 24 hours – 91 Lionel Messi and TOTW 14 in-form players are available.

(Click below to see TOTW 14):

FUT 13 Lionel Messi 91 Special FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Card (Red & Blue)
TOTW 14
Now is the time to fire up your consoles or login to the web application to make the most of the fifth day of FUTmas! If you’re thinking about spending your coins or FIFA Points on packs, then now is certainly the time to do it.
Good luck and let us know who you get! To let other FUTers know which players you have got or to swap tips and arrange trades head over to our FUT 13 Live Chat feature!
For Live FUT 13 Updates (including Happy Hour and TOTW reminders)

FUT 13 – Fourth Day of FUTmas: Silver Balls Tournament – FIFA 13 Ultimate Team

It’s the fourth day of FUTmas and a new FIFA 13 Ultimate Team tournament (Silver Balls) is now live! This tournament will be available all week until Thursday, 27th December 2012.

FUT 13 Silver Balls Tournament - FIFA 13 Ultimate Team

Entry Requirements:
Max. player quality: Silver in the squad’s Starting 11 and Subs
Min. Team Chemistry: 80

Online Win Reward:
First win: 2,000 coins + 1 Mini Silver Pack

Second win: 2,000 coins
Offline Win Reward:
First win: 1,000 coins + 1 Mini Silver Pack

Second win: 1,000 coins
Offline Difficulty:
Semi-Pro

Good luck and let us know how you get on! To chat to other FUTers, swap tips and arrange trades head over to our FUT 13 Live Chat feature!
For Live FUT 13 Updates (including Happy Hour and TOTW reminders)

FIFA 15 Career Mode: 25 Best Youngsters To Sign

Rest easy, people. FIFA is well and truly back with a bang.

But we’re not just talking about the noise your controller makes when you smash it off the wall in anger. FIFA 15 is already driving people crazy, but to the top of the world – almost in equal measure. You’re probably getting tired of those frustrated screams from your partner since this game has become the third member of your relationship, or of those clips around the ear from your parents for shouting obscenities at the television screen late at night.

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While the Ultimate Team transfer market prices spiral out of control or you find that you struggle to get out Division 10 on seasons, find some solace in an old favourite: Career Mode.

There aren’t many FIFA modes that provide you with more fun. Taking a rubbish League Two outfit to the top of the Premier League or just adding to the ridiculous fire power Real Madrid possess is a great way to spend your time. But one of the most satisfying things about Career Mode is bringing those young gems you find up through the ranks and into the first team. Before you know it, they’re world class stars.

But where do you find them this year? Who is your next Cristiano Ronaldo, where does he play and what can you expect from him?

With ratings taken from FUTWIZ.com, check out which youngsters you should be signing this season (who aren’t the usual suspects that everybody already knows about).

EA working with ‘partners’ while FIFA 15 servers down

The official EA Sports FIFA on Twitter has confirmed they are working with Sony and Microsoft while the FIFA 15 FUT servers seem to be down today. As most of Product Reviews readers are aware by now, PSN and Xbox Live are under attack and have been offline for most of December 25.

Many developers are updating gamers directly on their official Twitter channels, so as expected, we see the same from EA Sports. While it might first look like EA’s servers are down, the fact is PS4, Xbox One, and older consoles are not able to connect or sign-in due to a DDOS directed at Sony/Microsoft.

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The latest Xbox Live and PSN Status update details services as offline, or “Core Services” being “Limited for Xbox One and 360 owners. This is the biggest outage we have seen in years and of course, it’s on one of the biggest days for online gaming.

You can see the said tweet left by EA Sports FIFA above, which basically answered a question from one FIFA 15 owner that wanted to know why “Ultimate Team is down”. EA made it clear they are “working together” with their “partners to resolve this situation as soon as possible”.

If you try to access most online areas of a PS4 and Xbox One, you will receive error codes. For example, NW-31456-9 is given when trying to see your friends list on PS4, but this is down and PSN is offline right now.

Have you been able to play FIFA 15 online on Dec 25, or any EA game for that matter?

Also See: Rooney, Van Persie shine in Aston Villa Vs Man Utd SIM

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FIFA 15 Skill Moves Tutorials Guide – How to Do

The star skill moves in FIFA 15 allow the players to execute all those showy moves that we often see our favourite players performing in the field.

Skill Moves are ranged from 1-star which are the most simple to do to 5-star which are extremely difficult to execute.

FIFA 15 Skill Moves Tutorials

Performing these skill moves is tied to an attribute and 5-star, even 4-star moves are sometimes only executable by players like Neymar or Messi. It’s a wise decision to learn a couple of these high level moves which will leave your opponents baffling.

Skill Moves Tutorials

1-Star Moves

Ball Juggle
While standing, hold down LT and tap RB once to execute this move.

Foot Fake
While standing, simply hold down LB to execute this move.

2-Star Moves

Body Feint Left/Right
In order to execute this move, flick the right analogue stick in either left or right direction.

Stepover Right/Left
Starting from top, rotate the right analogue stick to either backward or forward direction to execute this move.

Reverse Stepover Right/Left
Starting from either left/right, rotate the right analogue stick to upward direction to execute this move.

3-Star Moves

Heel Flick
In order to do this, flick the right analogue stick first in upward and then in downward direction.

Flick Up
In order to execute this move, flick the right analogue stick thrice in upward direction.

Roulette Right/Left
Starting from downward direction, rotate the right analogue stick to either left or right direction.

Fake Left and Go Right
Starting from left side, rotate the right analogue stick in a half circle forward.

Fake Right and Go Left
Starting from right side, rotate the right analogue stick in a half circle backward.

4-Star Moves

Ball Hop
While standing, you need to tap/press the right analogue stick to start ball hopping.

Heel to Heel Flick
To execute this move, you need to flick the right analogue stick first in upward direction and then in downward direction.

Simple Rainbow
Flick the right analogue stick one in downward direction followed by flicking in twice in upward direction.

Advanced Rainbow
In order to perform this move, flick the right analogue stick in downward direction followed by holding it in the upward direction and then flicking it in the upward direction.

Feint Left and Exit Right
Rotate the right analogue stick starting from left to right to execute this move.

Feint Right and Exit Left
Rotate the right analogue stick starting from right to left to execute this move.

Spin Left
To perform this move, flick the right analogue stick in downward-back direction twice.

Spin Right
To perform this move, flick the right analogue stick in downward-forward direction twice.

Stop and Turn Left
While running, flick the right analogue stick upward and then in the backward direction to execute this move.

Stop and Turn Right
While running, flick the right analogue stick upward and then in the forward direction to execute this move.

Ball Roll Cut Right
Hold the right analogue stick in the backward direction and the left analogue stick in the forward direction to execute this move.

Ball Roll Cut Left
Hold the right analogue stick in the forward direction and the left analogue stick in the backward direction to execute this move.

5-Star Moves

Elastico
Rotate the right analogue stick starting from forward direction to the backward direction.

Reverse Elastico
In order to execute this move, rotate the right analogue stick starting from backward direction to the forward direction.

Quick Ball Rolls
Hold down the right analogue stick in the downward direction to execute this move.

Hocus Pocus
To perform this move, rotate the right analogue stick starting from downward direction to backward direction and then rotate it from the backward direction to the forward direction.

Triple Elastico
To perform this move, rotate the right analogue stick starting from downward direction to forward direction and then rotate it from the forward direction to the backward direction.

Ball Roll and Flick Left/Right
While your players is running, hold the right analogue stick in the forward/backward direction and the flick the analogue stick in the upward direction.

Sombrero Flick
While your player is in the standing position, flick the right analogue stick in upward direction twice and once in the downward direction.

Turn and Spin Left/Right
In order to do this move, flick the right analogue stick in upward direction and then flicking it in either forward or backward direction.

Ball Roll Fake Left
While your player is standing, hold the right analogue stick in backward direction and then flick it in the forward direction.

Ball Roll Fake Right
While your player is standing, hold the right analogue stick in the forward direction and then flick it in the backward direction.

Rabona Fake
While your player is jogging, hold down the LT button + X or B and then press A followed by holding down the left analogue stick in the downward direction.

Elastico Chop Left/Right
Flick in the right analogue stick in the downward direction and then flick it in either forward or backward direction to perform these moves.

5-Star Juggling Tricks

Laces Flick Up
Press LT and hold down RB at the same time to execute this move.

Sombrero Flick Backwards
Hold down the left analogue stick in the downward direction to perform this move.

Sombrero Flick Left/Right
Hold down the left analogue stick in either left/right direction to perform this move.

Around the World
Starting from downward direction, complete a 360 using the right analogue stick to execute this move.

In Air Elastico
In order to perform this move, flick the analogue stick in the forward direction followed by flicking it in the backward direction.

Reverse In Air Elastico
In order to perform this move, flick the analogue stick in the backward direction followed by flicking it in the forward direction.

Flick Up For Volley
Simply hold the left analogue stick in the upward direction to perform this juggle.

Chest Flick
Hold the left analogue stick in the upward direction followed by tapping the left analogue stick once and tapping the right analogue stick thrice.

T. Around the World
Complete a 360, starting from either upward/downward direction using the right analogue stick and then flick it in the upward direction.

FIFA 15 Dribbling Tips, Tricks To Win Against Defensive Teams

In FIFA 15, EA has revamped the art of dribbling to some extent. While it’s not hard to dribble in FIFA 15, a few players may find themselves at a disadvantage due to these small changes made to the game.

FIFA 15 Dribbling Tips

In this dribbling guide, I’ll detail some tips which will help familiarize you with dribbling in FIFA 15.

Don’t Go On Sprinting


One of the major changes in FIFA 15 is the ability to turn while sprinting. In this game, you need to take things a bit slower than you used to do in FIFA 14.

Sure, players will dribble effectively at a higher pace, but it also increases the chances of opponent players to take possession from you. Hence, teach yourself to sprint only when it’s absolutely required or when in an open field.

Why You Should Count Your Touches?
It never hurts to count your touches a little ahead. Practice counting the touches that you need before passing the ball or changing your direction.

In FIFA 15, you’ll come across different dribbling controls so it’s wise to know all the possibilities at your disposal.

Change Tactics If Need Be
One of the most common mistakes made by different players is that they allow their opponents to read them over the course of the match. Never go with a set pattern and always aim at being the unpredictable one.

Don’t go for sprinting most of the time, change your speed quite a lot, and try out new tactics to confuse your opposition.

Stop the Ball, Go For Surprise!
This move is executed by simply pressing RT/R2 on consoles. It comes in very handy when you’re trying to change your direction, which will leave the defender baffled.

Another reason why you should use this move is because it will provide you with free corner kicks. When playing along the sidelines, stop the ball hoping that the opponent player will kick the ball out of bounds.

And lastly, while countering and waiting for your players to catch up, this move will come in really handy.

Knock On To Create Space
To execute this move, press RT/R2 and move the right analogue stick in any direction. This is one of the moves, which have seen major changes since FIFA 14.

There are a couple of situations in which you can use this move. For example, you can execute it near the goalkeeper which will allow you to build up more space and score. In addition to this, you can also go for a quick break if you have an open field in front of you.

Protect The Ball
This move is executed by pressing LT/L2 which can be turned into fakes by moving the right analogue stick in any direction. Once again, there are a couple of situations in which you can use this move effectively.

For example, this move will come in very handy in front of a strong defense – however, your player must be stronger than the defender to execute it successfully. When it comes to juking, use the fake moves to confuse the defender and head out in the open field.

Trap Canceling and Why It’s Useful
To execute this move, simultaneously press LT/L2 and RT/R2. This move comes in very handy in situations when your ‘through ball’ is rendered useless. In addition to this, you can also use it to the change the line of your attackers and gain possession.

On Face Dribbling To Force Fouls
This move is also executed by pressing LT/L2 and RT/R2 at the same time. Personally, I like to use this move to get free penalty kicks. You need to use it in the box so that the opponent defender commits a foul and grants you with a free kick.

FIFA 15 Tactics Guide With Tips, Tricks and Strategy

If you have a sound understanding of tactics in FIFA 15, you can win matches even with the weakest of teams.

How is that possible? Well, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of a particular team and adjusting your team to target the weaknesses can really give you an advantage when it comes to playing against online opponents.

FIFA 15 Tactics Tips

In this guide, we will walk you through some of the tactical decisions you can make while playing the game and how you should respond to different tactical changes by your opponents in FIFA 15.

Player Mentality and Why You Should Change It


There aren’t many new players who make use of altering the mentality of the players, but you can easily do so by pressing left/right buttons on the directional pad.

With almost every formation, you can alter both the attacking and defensive mentality of your players. Let’s assume the example of a 4-Defender formation which can further be improved on the defensive side by pressing left on the directional pad once.

The similar can be done with other formations, but it trickles down to individual strategy and the game’s situation. Speaking of the situations, suppose that you’re in a lead with a couple of minutes left.

During this situation, you can switch to 5-Defenders formation and render opposition’s perpetual attacks useless. You can also go the exact opposite formation and bring almost everyone to the attacking side.

Dribbling Your Way Through Opponents
There are a lot of tactics involved when it comes to dribbling. The ideal situation is that you have more than one option most of the times. The reason I’m saying why you should do this is because you should always confuse your opponent whenever you get the chance.

We have compiled a separate guide on Dribbling, and all tactics involved in dribbling effectively.

Passing and Possession Tactics
Passing and keeping possession in FIFA 15 is more important than ever. However, do note that your entire game shouldn’t focus on passing game.

You’ll often come across players who will keep on passing the ball even when they are near the box. Remember that passing and keeping possession doesn’t win the games, shooting at the appropriate time does.

We have compiled a separate guide on Passing and different tactics involved in passing effectively.

Clearances
You’ll often find yourself in situations without any clue as to what you need to do. In these kinds of situations, your best bet is to kick the ball out.

While many people don’t approve of this strategy, it most certainly provides players with time to rethink of their strategy and how to implement it. As for cutting back, it surely is one of the few tactics using which you can be almost certain to score a goal.

Read Your Opponent First
This is by far the best tactic that you can come up with in FIFA 15. Just as the match begins, take out some time and analyze your opponent’s defense and attacking formation.

You’ll often come across opponents who will leave blank spaces in the middle of the field or those who will evenly distribute their defense. Read different formations of the opponents and then plan your strategy accordingly.

Although this particular tactic is useful throughout the match, they are especially useful while taking corner kicks or free kicks. Observe and see if they are any open passing lanes and go for the goal.

Using Confidence Boost To Your Advantage
Each time you gain some sort of advantage over your opponent, your players will get a confidence boost and will start playing more aggressively.

At this point, they will win the ball quite often, but you need to make sure that you don’t start making the wrong decisions to reverse the momentum of the game.

Try to gain early advantage by scoring early and your players will start performing better, which will get even better with each successive score.

Furthermore, note that after gaining an advantage, players tend to play recklessly and let the take the game. Try to take things more calmly and stick to your passing game, which will frustrate your opponent, but it doesn’t matter, does it?

Timing of Substitutes
While your team is on an advantage, there will hardly be any need to call in a substitute unless a player is completely drained of energy or is injured. These substitutes really come into play while you have lost the advantage to your opponent.

Even in the end game, calling in an appropriate substitute will allow you to turn the tides. Players with good finishers like Higuain from Real Madrid will sometime work in your favor and it’s better to test all your options before accepting the already fated defeated.

Retaliate By Scoring a Goal
One of the best times to score a goal is immediately after conceding a goal. Your opponent players will take some time to rearrange themselves into their positions, giving you enough time to plan your attack and go for a score.

A decent strategy to use here is to pass the ball to any of the wings and keep on holding down the LB/L1 button to call in a player from the kick off. This will certainly allow you to beat the defender and head in for a goal.

Be Unpredictable
This is one of the best advises anyone can give you! You need to be persistent with the game, and don’t lose hope after losing a couple of games.

FIFA is a game that requires skill, practice, strategy, and a lot of patience to achieve success. If you lose a game, move over to the next one and try to overcome the mistakes made earlier, and eventually you’ll get better.

When it comes to strategy, be as unpredictable as you could. The best players in the world are capable of reading their opponents and countering their strategies beforehand.

Be unpredictable with your strategies, take it slow, and don’t let go of the rare moments to score a win.

FIFA 15 adds 10 more Legends to Xbox One and announces special bundle

EA Sports FIFA 15 was shown during Gamescom with the announcement of new Legends players for the Ultimate Team mode and a new Xbox One game bundle.

During Xbox’s Gamescom conference today, FIFA 15 showcased additional players coming to the Ultimate Team mode this September. On hand to talk about his own ultimate team was former Manchester United Goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, who is also feature as a Legend in the game.

The ten new players featured in Ultimate Team mode are; Peter Schmeichel, Roberto Carlos, Roy Keane, Sir Bobby Moore, Alan Shearer, Jay Jay Okocha, Carlos Valderrama, Franco Baresi, Laurent Blanc, Emilio Butragueno, Andreas Brehme, Michael Laudrup, Brian Laudrup, and Hristo Stoickkov. The additional players take the total new Legends count to fifty players. Take a look at the trailer for the new ten below.

FIFA 15 is due for release on 23rd September in the US, 25th September in Europe, and 26th September in the UK for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, 3DS, and PC.

A new Xbox One FIFA 15 bundle has also been announced which is priced at £349.99/€399.99, and you can pre-order it today.

FIFA 14 Advanced Tips

FIFA 14 finally arrived, and with it came a locker room’s worth of features, including a new Season mode and revamped Ultimate Team. If you’re a newcomer or even a golden boot master in need of some practice, our beginner’s tips will get you accustomed to the game’s basic elements. Once you get comfortable with that, you’re ready for these FIFA 14 advanced tips

He Shoots, He Scores

You can’t win unless you score, and you can’t score unless you shoot. There are many different ways to take a crack at the goal. Just pulling back and letting it rip is one way, but they pay goalies tons of money for a reason. You might have to utilize technical shooting to beat the keeper.

Two words: finesse shot. Say it out loud and remember it. This is an amazing shot to use to put points on the board. If you ever wanted to bend it like Beckham, this is how it’s done. To take a finesse shot, hold down RB/R1 while powering up the shot. You have to aim where you want the ball to go with this shot, just like normal, but this will give you a good curve that helps squeeze the ball into the net, just out of the keeper’s reach.

The only downside is that you’ll sacrifice power for superior placement. With this in mind, get a good feel for how hard you hit a finesse kick compared to a normal kick on the power meter.

Another strike you should add to your kicking repertoire is the lob shot. The lob shot is the proverbial sand wedge of soccer. This propels the ball into the air like a chip shot. To perform a lob shot, press and hold the LB/L1 button while powering up your kick. This is a great shot to use if the goalie is off his line attacking you, or if there is only one defender in the way. There is no better feeling than chipping the ball over a goalie’s head and have it float into the net.

Finally, we have the one time shot. A well-performed one timer forces the defense to realign, but also looks awesome and gives you plenty of ammunition to trash talk your opponent. To pull off a one timer, all you have to do is press the kick button the moment the ball reaches your feet, be it from a ground or aerial pass. If your player’s stats are high enough, hold down LT/L2 while kicking and you might pull off a scissor kick for this shot.

Advanced Passing

If you read the beginner’s guide, you know EA Sports made passing the ball in FIFA 14 more challenging. Luckily for us, FIFA comes equipped with a variety of passes to help you get out of any situation.

The through pass is a pass every player needs to have up his or her sleeve. This is a great way to get out on a breakaway and beat the back line. A through pass aims to a spot ahead of the player you are passing to so he can get to it in mid stride. Not passing directly to a player is risky, so practice this one. It is a high risk, high reward pass. To perform a through pass, press Y/Triangle, and again, the power meter comes into play.

While discussing the through pass, there is a highflying variation called the lifted/lobbed through pass. This is the same type of pass, but in the air and over the heads of defenders. To perform this pass, hold down LB/L1 and then hit Y/Triangle. This type of pass is very effective if you catch a quick forward on a break that beat the offside call.

The last pass we will mention is the give and go. To perform a give and go, hold LB/L1 while pressing A/Cross. The give and go is the best way to try and get a defender off of your back and you into the open. A give and go is where you pass the ball to a teammate, and before the ball even gets to him, you start sprinting down field, so as soon as it hits your teammate’s feet he is passing it right back to you. This quick tap/tap pass is very effective, and a must for upper echelon players.

Technical D

Defense is a little more cut and dry than offense. It is just as important if not more important, but there is a lot less to remember. Nevertheless, there are a few things you could do to help yourself put the squeeze on your opponent that goes beyond running towards him at full speed.

First, slow down and square up the attacker. If all you do is run, any good player will sidestep out of the way. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race, or the ball, for that matter. Square up your opponent by holding LT/L2. This will give you a wide stance and keep your chest pointed at the ball, similar to blocking someone out in basketball. Instead of turning to run, you will implement a side step. This makes it a lot harder for anyone to run or pass you.

Next, call in a second defender for assistance. Musician Bill Withers once said “Lean on me when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.” Sometimes on D, you could use a little help. Calling in a second defender is the best thing for that situation. While on defense, hold down RB/R1 to have the closest defender leave his mark and help out on your man.

There are two basic ways you can play this out. One is to double-team the guy with the ball. Smother him. If he can’t move or pass he will make a mistake, and one of your guys will come up with the ball.

The more advanced tactic involves having the defender you call attack the man with the ball, and you have your guy stand between him and his closest teammate’s passing lane. Now he has pressure on him and his passing lane is cut off. Hopefully he will be forced to blindly kick the ball away, or he will pass it right to you.

Breaking Ankles and Dreams

Skill moves. This is what it is all about. There is nothing better than doing a few step overs right before rainbow kicking the ball over your own head and then kicking a volley out of the air into the upper 90 of the goal. Skill moves help put your own style onto the pitch and play how you want.

The right thumb stick is the Skill Stick, unlike previous versions of the game where you held down LT/L2 and worked the right thumb stick. This year, EA Sports took a page from its FIFA Street franchise and did away with having to hold down LT/L2. To do moves in FIFA 14, all you have to do is move the right thumb stick. Naturally, the moves you perform depend on your ball handling and dribbling skills. The more you beat defenders and pull off moves, the higher you level up, opening doors to new moves and skills. This is one of the hardest things to master in the game, but if you get it down right, you can play like the soccer version of the Harlem globetrotters.

Master these moves and you will be a force to be reckoned with. Of course, there is more to FIFA 14. We can’t do all the work for you. Put in the time and use what you have learned to hone your skills and master the universe, or at least beat your friends.

FIFA 14 is currently available on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, PlayStation Vita, iOS and Android devices. It debuts later this year for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.