FIFA 13 announced, promises major changes
Not wasting any time, EA has announced FIFA 13, the next release in the annual football franchise. And this time they’re offering a “revolutionary set of game-changing innovations.”
So, what does this hyperbole translate to? First off, the AI has been improved. They’ve also enhanced the dribbling system and have redone the Player Impact Engine. The career mode has also had some “major changes” in response to fan feedback.
The game is coming out on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, Wii, PSP, PS2 (!), 3DS, iOS, and other mobile platforms. It will also support Kinect and PlayStation Move.
First screenshots from FIFA 13
North American Virtual FIFA Tournament Announced
FIFA, EA and SCEA – in their search for the best virtual soccer player in North America – have announced two live qualifying events of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2009 (FIWC) in the region as well as an online competition. This will lead to a final in New York City where one gamer will win the North American championship and move on to the world tournament.
The best virtual player in the world will receive the $20,000 first place prize. There are two live regional tournaments and a national final in the region. The west regional will take place on March 7 in Santa Monica, CA, and the east regional is scheduled for March 21 in Baltimore, MD.
Entrants in each final will compete for a prize package valued at $2,000 and the chance to move to the final. Additionally, the online qualifying tournament will run from February 12 to March 5.
Football Manager 2009 Released, Patched
Football Manager 2009, the latest installment in the long-running football simulation series, has launched today along with a day-one patch that updates the game to v9.1.0 (build 26064).
Patch notes can be found in this forum topic. The patch itself can be downloaded from our very own Rapidshare link using a download manager.
FIFA 09 Commentary Tracks Released for Free
Making the game even more international than usual, EA Sports today announced that all 14 international commentary packs in FIFA 09 will be available for download free on both PlayStation Network and Xbox LIve.
Fans worldwide can download the packs and experience commentary from different commentators all over the world. These packs were previously region-specific. It is not known why EA decided to release them for free.
Language – Commentator’s Names
English Andy Gray Martin Tyler
French Herve Mathoux Franck Sauzée
Italian Giuseppe Bergomi Fabio Caressa
German Tom Bayer Sebastian Hellman
Spanish Paco González Manolo Lama
Mexico Perro Bermúdez Ricardo Pelaez
Dutch Youri Mulder Evert Ten Napel
European Portuguese David Carvalho Hélder Conduto
Hungarian Richard Faragó István B. Hajú
Russian Yuri Rozanov Vasily Solojov
Swedish Glenn Hysén Henrik Strömblad
Czech Bosák Jaromír Petr Svěcený
Polish Włodzimierz Szaranowicz Dariusz Szpakowski
Brazilian Portugese Paulo Vinícius Coelho Nivaldo Prieto
An additional English commentary pack featuring Andy Townsend and Clive Tyldesley is also available for download for $4.99.
Football Manager 2008 on X360
Sega Europe sent out word that Football Manager 2008 will be released for the Xbox 360 this Spring. The upcoming installment in the renowned sports simulation series has been developed by Sports Interactive and is fully updated for the new season, including transfers being made in the mid-season stransfer window, allowing players to select their favorite club or international team and guide them to the title.
The game, as expected, will feature online play via Xbox Live, allowing players to challenge friends to one-on-one matches and even host tournaments. Football Manager 2008 will kick in to stores on March 28.
Unreal Tournament 3 Patch in the Works
This forum post on the BeyondUnreal forums offers a look at changes planned for the first patch for Unreal Tournament 3, offering fixes in almost every part of the game. No release schedule was offered though.
In actual patch releases, a v8.0.1 update for Football Manager 2008 was released for both PC and Mac versions of the game. Grab them from Gamer’s Hell and Strategy Informer.
FIFA 08 Soundtrack
The full FIFA 08 soundtrack has been announced. This time around, the game will feature over 50 artists representing 27 countries. FIFA 08 marks the debut of new artists like The Hoosiers (UK), Babamars (France), Bodyrox (UK) and Santogold (USA).
So, without further ado, here’s the full list:
- !!! – All My Heroes Are Weirdos
- Apartment – Fall Into Place
- Art Brut Direct Hit – It’s A Bit Complicated
- Aterciopelados Paces – Oye
- Babamars – The Core
- Bodyrox feat. Luciana – What Planet You On?
- Bonde do Role – Solta O Frango
- CAMP – From Extremely Far Away
- Carpark North – Human
- CeU – Malemolencia
- Cheb i Sebbah – Toura Toura: Nav Deep Remix
- CSS – Off The Hook
- Datarock – Fa-Fa-Fa
- Digitalism – Pogo
- Disco Esemble – We Might Fall Apart
- Dover – Do Ya
- Heroes & Zeroes – Into The Light
- Ivy Queen – Que Lloren
- Junkie XL – Clash
- Jupiter One – Unglued
- Kenna – Out of Control (State of Emotion)
- K-Os – Born To Run
- La Rocca – Sketches (20 Something Life)
- Lukas Kasha – Love Abuse
- Madness feat. Sway and Baby Blue – I’m Sorry
- Maximo Park – The Unshockable
- Melody Club – Fever Fever
- Mexican Institute of Sound (MIS) – El Microfono
- Modeselektor feat. Sasha Perera – Silikon
- Hello Mom! – Germany
- Noisettes – Don’t Give Up
- Pacha Massive – Don’t Let Go
- Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks
- Planet Funk – Static
- Robyn Bum Like You
- Rocky Dawuni – Wake Up The Town
- Santogold – You Will Find A Way
- Simian Mobile Disco – I Believe
- Superbus – Butterfly
- Switches – Drama Queen
- The Automatic Automatic – Monster
- The Cat Empire – Sly
- The Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr. A
- The Hours – Ali In The Jungle
- The Tellers – More
- Tigarah – Culture, Color, Money, Beauty
- Travis – Closer
- Tumi And The Volume – Afrique
- Vassy – Wanna Fly
- Wir Sind Helden – Endlich Ein Grund Zur Panik
- Yonderboi – Were You Thinking Of Me?
FIFA 08 will be released on October 9 for Xbox 360, PS2, Wii, DS, PSP and PC, with the PS3 version being released on October 16.
PES 2008 Details
With the game due out next month, Konami released further details regarding PES 2008, the highly anticipated entry in the football series. Here’s the whole deal:
Following the announcement of Cristiano Ronaldo as the European face of the new game, Konami has also extended the number of officially licensed national and club teams in the game. PES 2008 will boast more licenses than ever before, with Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Scotland and Ireland amongst the new officially licensed National teams on offer. Similarly, the roster of licensed club teams has also been bolstered, with Newcastle, Tottenham, RSC Anderlecht, HJK Helsinki, IFK Goteborg, Panathinaicos, Spartak Moscow, Fenerbache, NK Dinamo Zagreb and FC Basel amongst those added to the ranks.
The new licensed club sides join the likes of Juventus Turin, AC Milan, Celtic, Porto and more, and demonstrate Konami’s commitment to adding the world’s greatest teams to what is regarded as the most realistic football game for any system. The new teams also combine to ensure PES 2008 has over 3000 licensed players realistically replicated within the game, and over 250 teams.
PES 2008 will mark a quantum leap forward for the Pro Evolution Soccer series. An all-new AI system entitled Teamvision has been designed to actively monitor the player’s onscreen movements and adapt accordingly. This means players cannot resort to overly-familiar tactics, and forces them to change their movements if they are to pose offensive threats. New set pieces have also been implemented, with players selecting key players to receive free kicks, and tailoring defensive walls to their specific needs. Coupled with a massively enhanced aesthetic upgrade that includes facial animation and shirts creasing, plus an extensive edit mode, and PES 2008 is already shaping up to retain its footballing crown.
PES 2008 will be released for PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, PC and DS this October.
FIFA Interactive World Cup Announced
FIFA, EA and SCEE have announced the new season of the FIFA Interactive World Cup, the world’s only officially FIFA sanctioned global football gaming competition. Participants across the world will compete using FIFA 08 on the PS3.
The tournament will kick off early in October 27 and will culminate in the Grand Final in Berlin’s Sony Centre in May 2008. This year, players will be able to compete at one of more than 20 physical FIWC 08 Qualifier Events across the globe or online via the PlayStation Network in over 25 countries. Finalists will compete to be crowned the ultimate champion and win a cash prize of USD 20,000.
Interested players can find more details and register on the tournament’s official website.