Uptown Funk Comes To FIFA 15!

Some video games have all the luck.

In this case the popular FIFA franchise has captured one of the most popular hit tunes in recent years for their FIFA 15 video game. None other than fan favorites Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” has been added to the game.

This hit tune debuted in November 2014 and has dominated the charts in the US and abroad. People have been dancing to it almost nonstop for three months now and the popularity of Mars and Ronson has skyrocketed even more. Having the song included in the video game gives the game a modern and upbeat flavor.

This comes in the form of a FIFA 15 gamer who included the tune in a celebration sequence of the game.

This video is a riot. It features players dancing to the popular song that has ruled for five weeks straight at the top of the charts. Actually two game players have added the song to their celebratory videos. The game features soccer players and once a goal is made there is a celebratory dance and the ‘Uptown Funk’ song highlights the revelry.

In addition, the new stellar roster of players for the FIFA 15 game is extraordinary. This advances the video game to new heights and allows for players to feel like they’re right in the middle of the top soccer action.

EA knows what it’s doing by ramping up the surprises to the FIFA 15 game and that means extra fun for all around as well as increased revenue. No mention of how much the company has to pay to license the names and images of the top players but it’s a good bet it’s well worth the money. This FIFA 15 Team Of The Week aka TOTW has the world’s top soccer players and the game works like a real game. Good graphics and gameplay, sound, and lots of extras for that big stadium event feel.

The roster of worldwide soccer pros shows that EA knows what the fans want. To see the top stars participating in the game is an acknowledgment to the game franchise. This should bring in new blood to the game and the online action should be something to behold to say the least. Just think of the big tournaments televised and fans going at it like the real pros. Could be stadium filling adventure like many of the top multiplayer video games.

BRINGING IN THE BIG GUNS: Arsenal see midfield star Santi Cazorla join the FIFA 15 TOTW

FIFA Ultimate Team assembles the best players from international and club competitions around the world and this week we see the likes of Santi Cazorla and Diego Costa making the cut.

The collection of players from around the world are available to challenge online in FIFA Ultimate Team.

Representing the Premier League were Chelsea’s Costa and Arsenal’s Cazorla, who both played big parts in their team’s weekend victories.

On Saturday, Chelsea defeated Swansea City 5-0 with the Spanish international scoring two goals and assisting on another.

It kept The Blues top of the Premier League, maintaining a decent cushion of five points over title rivals Manchester City.

Sunday saw Cazorla shine for the Gunners firing in a goal and providing an assist for Arsenal as they took care of City 2-0.

The full Starting FIFA TOTW XI

GK: Przemys?aw Tyto? – Elche CF (Spain)
CB (LB): Jefferson – Sporting CP (Portugal)
CB: Karim Rekik – PSV (The Netherlands)
CB (RB): Adam Matthews – Celtic (Scotland)
LM (CM): Santi Cazorla – Arsenal (England)
CM: Ivan Rakiti? – FC Barcelona (Spain)
CM: Paul Pogba – Juventus (Italy)
RM: Eduardo Salvio – SL Benfica (Portugal)
CAM (CM): Parejo – Valencia CF (Spain)
ST: Diego Costa – Chelsea FC (England)
ST: Lucas Barrios – Montpellier HSC (France)
Substitutes & Reserves

GK: Cirilo Saucedo – Tijuana (Mexico)
LB: Ben Coker – Southend United (England)
LM: Thomas Matton – KV Kortrijk (Belgium)
LM: Eljero Elia – Southampton (England)
LW: Dwight Gayle – Crystal Palace (England)
ST: Borja Bastón – Real Zaragoza (Spain)
ST: Diego Cháves – CD Palestino (Chile)

FIFA 15 Cover Revealed: Messi To Star As Global Athlete Again, Regional Player Announcements Coming

EA Sports has revealed the box art for FIFA 15, announcing that Argentina and FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be the global cover athlete.

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For each regional version of the title, other players from those areas or leagues will be added to the cover alongside Messi to appeal to consumers in that region. Those athletes have not yet been announced, but the solo Messi art can be seen in the image above.

FIFA 15 is set for release on September 23 in North America, September 25 in Europe and September 26 in the UK.

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“This is Messi’s fourth appearance on a FIFA cover after featuring on FIFA Street, FIFA 13, and FIFA 14,” EA Sports posted on its website. “In that time, Messi has set the record for most goals in a year (91) and marked a milestone as the only player to receive the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times.

“Messi was originally announced as an EA Sports Football Ambassador in November 2011, a partnership that has not only put him on the cover of multiple FIFA titles but also brought a new street football pitch to Barcelona thanks to the Messi foundation and EA Sports.”

The regional cover athletes for the major markets around the globe should be revealed over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that news. The North American version of FIFA 14 featured Manchester United and Mexico’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.

FIFA 14 Cheats: EA Sports Declares Crack Down On Ultimate Team Coin Bots Ahead Of FIFA 15, Will Permanently Ban Accounts

EA Sports is cracking down on FIFA 14 cheaters in a big way with FIFA 15 ahead, targeting those in particular who manipulate the Ultimate Team coin system and ruin the experience for others.

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In a post on the EA’s FIFA website, the developers outlined the types of cheating that goes on in-game, and explained at length what they intend to do to stop the exploiting the system.

“Although they are a minority amongst FIFA fans, cheaters disrupt the gameplay experience and enjoyment for honest FIFA fans in a number of ways,” the post states. “These include things like overloading servers, phishing and compromising other player accounts, and participating in the unauthorized exchange of virtual currency. It’s time for us to draw a clear and strong line against cheaters who negatively impact the FIFA experience for our millions of players online.”

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Some cheaters employ bots to automatically purchase items on the Ultimate Team Transfer Market and farm coins intended for sale, often in return for real money on coin exchange websites. EA shut down the transfer market to investigate the bot activity and its effects, and determined that they can make four times as many searches as all of the FUT human players combined.

FIFA 15 Player Ratings: Neymar, Sergio Aguero, And Thomas Muller Included In Next 10 Ranks Of Top 50

With the major European football leagues well under way for the 2014-15 season and FIFA 15’s release date approaching, EA Sports has begun to announce the player ratings in the upcoming title.

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The developers are releasing the top 50 players according to their ratings, which began with those ranked 50 to 41 and moved on to the next set yesterday. Today EA Sports moves on to the next 10 players, who are all 86 overall.
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I have a bit of an issue with the way players are rated in the FIFA series, which you can read on the initial rankings post, but here are the newly announced players ranked 30 to 21 regardless:
86 Overall: Neymar, Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure, Xavi

A packed tier, with all 10 players in today’s reveal falling within the same rating, but mostly a fair one across the board. If there were to be changes, I would likely rate Muller and Aguero higher for their unorthodox effectiveness and ruthlessly clinical nature, respectively. Di Maria and Yaya Toure had great seasons, as well, and bumping any of those players to 87 is pretty justifiable.

Xavi’s age has seen his generational talents decline, while Rooney is touch and go in some areas of his game. I’m surprised Neymar isn’t higher given the hype around the Brazilian prodigy, but I think this rating is accurate–he wasn’t overly convincing for Barcelona last season. I’m not sure Ozil deserves to be higher than Fabregas (who is, again, rated too lowly at just an 84), but Hummels is probably in the right place. Check back for more player ratings as they come from EA Sports leading up to the game’s September 23 North America release date.

Back in business! GTA 5 returns to dominate rivals Advanced Warfare and FIFA 15 in charts

Grand Theft Auto V is back at the summit of the UK’s all-format charts, recording its fifth week at number one.

It follows the sandbox crime thriller being named the UK’s best-selling game since records began weeks earlier.

Biggest chart rivals Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare dropped to second, suffering a 61 percent reduction in sales, while FIFA 15 came in third after seeing a 51 percent decline in sales.

Activision also saw Bungie’s newest franchise Destiny grabbed a place in the top ten, coming in at no.9.

Far Cry 4, The Crew and Assassin’s Creed Unity occupy four, five and six.

The Assassin’s Creed series meanwhile have three entries in the top 20, with Assassin’s Creed Black Flag in 11 and Assassin’s Creed Rogue in 20.

Many of the top selling games saw fewer sales following Christmas and faced almost no competition from new entrants.

Nintendo’s Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, launched on December 21, fell to 40 after debuting at 16 in the charts.

VIDEO: Manuel Neuer is a football (FIFA 15) god

Have you ever wondered if there was anything involving the sport of association football that Manuel Neuer could not accomplish? We know that he can take penalties. Free kicks, perhaps? Guess. Again.

Manuel Neuer can do whatever he wants to do.

Yes, it’s just FIFA 15, but I’m not going to be the one to sit here and tell you that Neuer can’t score a free kick like that. Even former Bayern Munich forward Miroslav Klose, the greatest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup, believe that Neuer could score goals down in the 2.Bundesliga.

Now that we know Neuer can core spectacular free kicks in the game, we should put Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in goal for their respective clubs. Let’s see how well they perform. Then, it’s only fair to make a decision on who should win the Ballon d’Or based on these simulations.

I’m being told that is not an idea that FIFA will consider. It was a worthy chance to get the footballing god his just reward.

FIFA 15 for Xbox One, 360 half price through Jan 19

As if our wallets hadn’t suffered enough with Microsoft’s blast of Xbox deals around the holidays, the company is back with another that’s sure to be too good to pass up for any soccer (or football, if you prefer) fan. Starting today, you can pick up FIFA 15 for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on the Xbox digital store for 50 percent off of the normal price.

FIFA 15 for Xbox One, 360 half price through Jan 19

The promotion runs through Jan. 19 and brings the price of each game down to a cool $30. As an added bonus, those who pick up the Xbox One version during the promotion will also score a special holiday content pack. If you find yourself waffling back and forth, even with the price drop, be sure to check out our review of the game for some added perspective.

fifaRAWR’s FIFA 15 Team of the Week Predictions: Week 17

HAPPY 2015! Hope your new year has been a damn site better than mine so far…

The Premier League games from NYD and the La Liga games from this weekend both included in this week’s TOTW, alongside some other leagues such as the Turkish Super Lig and the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Cup games as ever ARE being excluded, especially given there’s a large pool of players from league matches as it is.

An especially good week for Silver lovers this, at least 5 catching my eye from my prediction alone; not exactly a great week for Barcelona or Real Madrid fans however, it has to be said…

Enjoy folks!

Starting XI

GK: Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad) – 4 Saves, 1-0 vs Barcelona

CB: Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia) – 1 Goal, 2-1 vs Real Madrid

CB: Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) – Great Performance, 0-0 vs Aston Villa

LB: Gael Clichy (Manchester City) – 2 Assists, 3-2 vs Sunderland

CAM: Ezequiel Scarione (Kasimpasa) – 2 Goals, 5-2 vs Erciyesspor

CDM: Felipe Melo (Galatasaray) – 1 Goal, 2-0 vs Besiktas

CDM: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) – 2 Goals, 2-2 vs Burnley

CM: Adrien Silva (Sporting Lisbon) – 2 Goals, 3-0 vs Estoril

RW: Felipe Anderson (Lazio) – 1 Goal & 2 Assists, 3-0 vs Sampdoria

CF: Oscar (Real Valladolid) – 2 Goals, 2-0 vs Real Zaragoza

ST: Tomer Hemed (Almeria) – 2 Goals, 2-1 vs Malaga

Substitutes Bench

GK: Cassio (Rio Ave) – 8 Saves including a Penalty Save, 2-1 vs Pacos de Ferreira

CB: George Taft (Burton Albion) – 1 Goal, 1-0 vs Shrewsbury

CDM: Andre Andre (Vitoria Guimaraes) – 3 Goals, 4-0 vs Nacional

RM: Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) – 2 Goals & 2 Assists, 6-2 vs Dundee

CAM: Miguel De las Cuevas (Osasuna) – 2 Goals, 2-1 vs Leganes

LW: Mark Gonzalez (Universidad Catolica) – 2 Goals, 3-2 vs Antofagasta

ST: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 2 Goals & 1 Assist, 5-3 vs Chelsea

FIFA 15, Call of Duty are top-selling games in U.K. for 2014

It’s the last day of 2014, so let’s look back at what people spent all their cash on.

The United Kingdom’s Entertainment Retailer’s Association just sent out its list of the top 20 best-selling physical albums, movies, and games. As far as gaming is concerned, publisher Electronic Arts’ soccer sim FIFA 15 outsold all other pieces of media in the U.K. throughout the last 12 months. Consumers purchased more than 2.6 million copies of the game, which put it over Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. That Activision-published shooter racked up 1.8 million copies sold.

Other top performing games include Grand Theft Auto V and Destiny — although all games, movies, and albums were outsold by Disney’s phenomenally popular animated film Frozen.

Check out the whole list (via MCV) for yourself:

Frozen – Disney (4,012,676 units sold)
FIFA 15 – EA (2,663,296)
Call of Duty: Advance Warfare – Activision Blizzard (1,837,025)
Ed Sheeran’s X – Warner Music (1,753,226)
The Hobbit: The Desolution of Smaug – Warner Home Video (1,550,635)
Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar (1,341,472)
Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour – Universal Music (1,296,295)
The LEGO Movie – Warner Home Video (1,092,486)
The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – Elevation Sales (1,078,911)
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie – Universal Pictures (1,056,960)
Now That’s What I Call Music 89 – Sony Music/Universal Music (999,201)
Guardians of the Galaxy – Walt Disney Studios (992,818)
Frozen Soundtrack – Universal Music (974,067)
Destiny – Activision Blizzard (937,235)
Gravity – Warner Home Video (915, 355)
The Wolf of Wall Street – Universal Pictures (888,621)
The Inbetweeners 2 – Channel 4 DVD (849,859)
Watch Dogs – Ubisoft (808,799)
Now That’s What I Call Music 88 – Sony Music/Universal Music (728,683)
George Ezra’s Wanted on Voyage – Sony Music – (704,069)