FIFA 15 guide: Ultimate Team, tips, tactics

It’s here. Again. Get the most from EA Sports’ FIFA 15 with our complete guide.
FIFA 15 guide
FIFA 15 is the latest in EA Sports’ super football series, a game which brings major changes to Ultimate Team and the way the game is played in general.

Make sure you’re getting all the help you need with our FIFA 15 tips and tactics.

Creating the Ultimate Team

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FIFA’s biggest and most popular mode has already seen some major changes this year, with EA Sports getting serious about clamping down on coin-trading and exchanging players.

But the game itself has also undergone a major overhaul. If you’re new to Ultimate Team, you’ll need to check out our guide to the basics of of FUT’s mechanics, and don’t forget to read up on how to build your team. Individual work-rates and tactical commands are key to success this year, and you shouldn’t be ignoring those bronze and silver cards.

  • FIFA 15 Ultimate Team guide
    The basics
    Building your team
    How to build a cheap squad
    How to build the best hybrid squad in Ultimate Team
    This year’s changes and how they affect your game

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Whether you’re playing FIFA 15 Ultimate Team or any of the other modes in this year’s update, there’s a bunch you need to know about how play itself has changed.

Acceleration has become more important this year, and FIFA 15′s aerial game has been significantly balanced after FIFA 14′s laser-guided headers created so much controversy last year.

Don’t get left behind. Hit the link below and be sure you have the right strategies in place.

FIFA 15 Early Features and Improvements

The first features and early improvements for FIFA 15 have been announced! You can check them out in detail below.

FIFA 15 Early Features and Improvements

Agility & Control and Correct Contacts

Leave defenders in the dust or control the ball like the world’s best footballers. Players explode into action with improved balance, cuts and closer touches when in possession, giving greater responsiveness and personality to the game’s superstars. Experience brilliant control as you keep the ball in a sprint or when searching for an opening in those close-touch situations.

Authentic Player Visuals

The Next Generation football player is here. Player faces have an incredible level of detail, while character models look and feel powerful and athletic. Kits move realistically and change with the environment, becoming dirty with mud and grass as the match unfolds.

Dynamic Match Presentation

Match Day feels dynamic and immersive. Improved commentary will highlight unique fan reactions, with chants and behavior changing on location. New bench reactions, 10-man goal celebrations and more will keep you engaged in the story of the match.

Emotional Intelligence

With over 600 new emotional reactions, players now respond to pivotal moments on the pitch – bad tackles, missed chances, epic goals – as they would in real life.

Living Pitch

Stadiums are alive and full of the emotion that only football can create. Playing surfaces wear down as the match progresses, with boot marks, slide tackles, and debris visible on the pitch. Corner flags move, goal frames shake, and animated LED ad boards bring FIFA 15 to life.

Man-to-Man Battles

Dispossessing your opponent is more rewarding than ever! Intercept and keep the ball with Possession Tackles and new shoulder barges. Feel the impact with big fall physics; shirt pulling will also be visible with enhanced cloth technology. FIFA 15 fundamentally changes the way you compete for the ball.

Team Tactics

Your AI teammates and opponents now recognize what’s happening in the match and will adjust their tactics just like real players. Park the Bus, In The Mixer, and Time Wasting are some of the Team Tactics you’ll come up against in FIFA 15.

What are your early thoughts on these new improvements? Let us know in the comments section. Don’t like what you see? Let us know your suggestions on our FIFA 15 wishlist.

10 Exciting New Additions to FIFA 15

Why should you order FIFA 15? According to most of the trailers and press releases we have seen from EA Sports this year, you should essentially purchase FIFA 15 because of its enhanced realism and beautiful graphics. It is true that this year the game is going to look much, much better than last year’s (which was already amazing!). All you have to do to see that is watch the trailer. And that would be reason enough—but what about things you can actually do in the game? Has EA actually added any new capabilities to this year’s installment? Is it going to play as great as it looks? The answer is “definitely!” Let’s check out 10 new capabilities that make this year’s game more exciting than ever!

1.Select celebrations.

In FIFA 14, EA Sports allowed you to choose whatever celebration you wanted for your victories. This is great for online gameplay, since you can basically choose the celebration you want to taunt your opponent with. The problem with it was that there were not a whole lot of celebrations to choose from, so the feature got a little repetitious. In FIFA 15, there are going to be tons of new celebrations. They will be more fun and realistic than ever! So look forward to winning online and even more hilarious moments celebrating it.

2.Fast players will be able to accelerate faster.

Not only will fast players be playing a prominent role in FIFA 15 (be sure to check out the official list of the fastest players if you haven’t yet), but those players will be able to put on a full burst of speed more quickly than ever. So not only are the super fast at full speed, but they can accelerate fast too. If you have played the demo, you probably have already noticed this.

3.Dive in-depth into tactics.

We’ve been able to mess with tactics in previous installments, but never like this. Before, the user interface was confusing and didn’t really give us the control we needed to experiment and come up with awesome results. That is all going to change with FIFA 15, which gives players advanced control over tactics as well as the ability to easily test out new strategies before trying them live on the field. The menus are way more intuitive, and it only takes a few clicks to make changes. You have more control than ever during pre-game and half-time, but also on the fly as games are in progress. For a lot of players, these changes are not only going to lead to more fun, but also to more skillful game play.

4.Check out all the Premiere League stadiums.

All 20 Premiere League stadiums are going to be part of FIFA 15, and each has been rendered in incredible detail. In the demo, you have a chance to check out Anfield, and that alone is pretty amazing. It is just a preview of all the amazing stadiums to come in the full release. Everything is intact from the banner that says “This is Anfield” to the billboards to the feel of the turf.

5.Much better goalkeepers.

While FIFA has put incredible work into the majority of the players on the field in past years, one area where they were sorely lacking was the goalkeepers. Goalkeepers in previous titles often behaved in confusing and seemingly random ways. Nothing is more frustrating than losing a game because the goalkeeper doesn’t seem to be doing his job. Now, goalkeepers have been improved both cosmetically and practically; their moves look more realistic, but they also are more realistic, and seem to be founded in common sense. As a result, you can expect to have a harder time scoring against your opponent, but an easier time defending your own goal.

6.Goal line technology has been integrated.

Okay, to be fair, this is not something you can actually do, but it’s hard to argue it’s a purely aesthetic change. IFAB approved goal line technology two years back for real-life soccer games, so referees can now make a solid determination on whether or not a goal was scored. Now EA Sports has added that feature to FIFA 15. When you score, you will clearly see that you scored. When you didn’t, the technology will tell you, “No score.” It helps to clarify game play, and again, adds realism to the game.

7.More powerful finesse shots.

Do you look back with some nostalgia to the over-powered finesse shots in FIFA 12? While the finesse shots in that game were certainly possible in real life, they were much more common in the game, to the point where they were not very realistic. As a result, EA Sports tried to “balance” out this issue by reducing the power of the finesse shot substantially in FIFA 13 and 14. At that point, the finesse shot had been crippled, and a lot of gamers switched to using basic shots almost every time just to get the job done.

Now EA is doing its best to finally achieve the right balance with finesse shots. They will be more powerful than they were over the previous two years, but still less crazy powerful than they were back in FIFA 12. Hopefully this time they’ve got it right, and it will make sense to try and use the finesse shot now and again.

8.Get more emotionally involved.

With more than 600 new player emotions, players on the field will react in amazing ways to their victories and defeats. Realism will no longer be just skin-deep; players will now behave as realistically as they appear, and display amazing emotional intelligence. This will make it easier for the player of FIFA 15 to get more emotionally involved with the players on the virtual field.

9.More reliable player ratings.

The player ratings are highly anticipated each year, but in past years, we have noticed that the performance of players in the game didn’t always seem to match the ratings assigned to them. Players who should have outperformed others according to their ratings would fall strangely short, and those that we didn’t expect that much from sometimes did astoundingly well. This year, FIFA’s player ratings should be more meaningful. Improvements in physics and player movements will empower highly rated players to perform to their best. In the past, the mechanics simply weren’t in place yet.

10.Laugh or cry over new glitches.

With the demo out for around a week now, already the player complaints are steamrolling in, and EA Sports is struggling to fix all the bugs which have already been discovered. Of course, this is one of the purposes of a demo; to identify and patch up bugs before the main release. But we already know they won’t take care of them all. We recommend not letting it get you down too much. While EA’s releases are notoriously buggy, at least sometimes the glitches are funny, and hey—the game is still incredible.

FIFA 15 is due for release in North America on the 23rd … that is on TUESDAY. Have you pre-ordered FIFA 15 yet? No? Seriously, what are you waiting for? Those amazing bonuses are not going to hang around for long. You only have a few days, so get those pre-orders in!

Tottenham players like FIFA 15 more than actual football

There’s not an awful lot for Tottenham’s players to be cheerful about at the moment. Even so, the joy on the faces of Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb when they beat Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen at FIFA 15 is a little surprising.

We’d always assumed FIFA was for those of who can only dream about playing professional football for real. Judging by this video, it seems top players get just as excited by the game as the rest of us.

In fairness, Townsend & Bentaleb’s two victories (it’s a best of three contest) do give them bragging rights over two team mates. That explains the hugging, jumping, screaming, bragging, bad forfeits… all the stuff you get in front rooms across the land.

But perhaps Christian Eriksen and the rest of them are glad to simply be playing a game that doesn’t involve getting yelled at by Mauricio Pochettino?

FIFA 15 Cyber Monday 25K Lightning pack times for UK

EA has a treat for FIFA 15 players today, as in honor of Cyber Monday sales that are going on online, we now have confirmation from EA that there will be FIFA 15 Cyber Monday 25K packs to open throughout the day.

Even better as the Cyber Monday packs are available to open right now. What we wanted to tell you though is EA will also be offering special FIFA 15 Lightning rounds today and we have a heads-up on when they will be available.

The first FIFA 15 Cyber Monday 25K Lightning pack will start at 3PM UK time. They will be available every three hours after that, so the next one will be at 6PM, then 9PM, ending on 12am midnight.

This is going to be the best chance to get hold of a FIFA 15 Record Breaker Messi card, which is a 95-rated card which unbelievable stats. You’ll also be able to have a better chance of getting other rare cards too such as Legends (Xbox only) and IN-form players such as Paul Pogba and MUFC’s David De Gea.

Hopefully you will have better luck than us though on actually pulling out a decent pack for all of your coins. Otherwise Cyber Monday may turn out to be the worst day of your life.

Let us know if you are opening 25K packs right now and the best cards you have had so far.