FUT 15 Team Of The Week 7

Early this week, we have covered the prediction of this week’s TOTW. Now the squad is finally out and they are available to challenge.

Two players managed to break into the starting line-up from the Premier League, with Alexis Sanchez and Samuel Eto’o selected for their team performances. Sanchez score both of Arsenal’s goals as they defeated Sunderland 0-2 on Sunday. This season, he has five goals and two assists, leading the club in both categories.

Italy’s FIFA 15 cover, Gonzalo Higuain ended his goalless drought by earning a second-half hat-trick and leading Napoli to a 6-2 win over Hellas Verona on Sunday.

It is the first EI Clasico of the season, Real Madrid managed to erase a Neymar fourth minute goal and won the match 3-1. Karim Benzema scored the club’s third goal in the 61st minute.

Starting XI

GK: Ron-Robert Zieler-Hannover 96(Germany)

CB(LB): Danilo Avelar-Cagliari(Italy)

CB: Martin Stranzl-Borussia M’gladbach(Germany)

CB(LB): Antunes-Malaga CF(Spain)

LM(CAM): Carlos Eduardo-OGC Nice(France)

CDM(CM): Blaise Matuidi-Paris Saint-Germain(France)

CDM: Fernando Belluschi-Bursapor(Turkey)

RM(CAM): Sameul Eto’o-Everton(England)

CAM: Alexis Sanchez-Arsenal(England)

ST: Karim Benzema-Real Madrid(Spain)

ST: Gonzalo Higuain-Napoli(Italy)

Substitutes & Reserves

GK: Kenneth Hoie-Djurgardens IF(Sweden)

CB: Danny Shittu-Millwall(England)

RM: Palmi Rafn Palmason-Lillestrom SK(Norway)

RM: Flavio Paixao-Slask Wroclaw(Poland)

ST: Joe Garner-Preston North End(England)

LM: Marco Pappa-Seattle Sounders(United States)

LW: Vincenzo Grifo-FSV Frankfurt(Germany)

FIFA 15 Is Really Broken on Mobile

FIFA is best known as a console and PC game, but EA’s hit soccer franchise has had a dedicated mobile audience for years now too. Some fans have had a hard time enjoying FIFA 15 Ultimate Team since it arrived last month for iOS and Android devices, however, because it’s been marred by technical issues.

Like its predecessor FIFA 14, the new game has been well-received by fans and critics at mobile-centric sites like Touch Arcade and Pocket Gamer. But as is too often the case for sports games like this, the actual high quality gameplay has been overshadowed for some players by their inability to access it in the first place. Judging from player reviews posted on the iOS app store and Android’s Google Play store as well as comments posted on various gaming forums including EA’s own channels, mobile FIFA fans have run into a number of performance issues when trying to play the new Ultimate Team. While the specifics are diverse, a core problem is with the stability of the game and its servers—something that affects people’s ability to access different parts of the game (or access the game entirely), link it successfully to their Facebook accounts, and retain progress and in-game currency they’ve acquired.

One particularly frustrating FIFA issue experienced by some, including Deadspin’s Tim Burke, cuts off players’ connections right at the end of a match, thereby failing to register the match’s successful completion. This has wider ramifications for the game because, like many popular mobile titles, FIFA 15 Ultimate Team has microtransactions and in-game currency. It’s also a sports management game, which means that an important aspect of its gameplay that players sink a lot of time and energy into is building a team full of their preferred players. To build and maintain a team, you have to spend either coins or “FIFA points,” the two types of in-game currency. Points are the one type of in-game currency that can be purchased with real money: $0.99 for 100 points, $2.99 for 300, all the way up to $99 for 10,000. These two different types of currency are then used to acquire players by either purchasing packs of cards and hoping there are some good players inside (think drafting in Magic: The Gathering), or seeking out individual players on the game’s “transfer market.”

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Points are a much more valuable form of currency. It costs 700 FIFA points (a little less than $7.99) to buy a “gold pack,” the snazziest set of cards available on the game’s marketplace, for instance, while the same pack would run you 35,000 coins. Money isn’t just required to get players, either: you also need to spend coins to maintain the “contract” you have with any given player every time you put them out on the field. These contracts vary in price depending on the skill level and ranking of the player. The best way to earn coins, meanwhile, is by successfully completing matches or selling off players. Burke explained to me that he can usually get 500 coins for completing a match at this point. The last two players he sold off got him 200 and 150 coins respectively. The cost of the requisite contracts to deploy players can, ideally, be offset by the coins earned at the end of a match. But if you don’t manage your team effectively and deploy too many high-level players, you could very well end up coming up short at the end of a match.

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If all of this sounds exceedingly complicated, that’s because it is. There’s a reason that FIFA fans glom on to this game the same way they do with the console releases: it’s a complex sports simulation game that requires tactful planning, high level strategy, and constant management of resources to master. And that’s if everything works properly. If the game drops out right before a match is finished, that means that you lose any opportunity to gain currency back after being required to invest it just to start the match.

In other words: the instability of the game has made it so some players are left stuck in a bind where they’re consistently losing the very resource required to keep playing the game.

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If the game drops out regularly enough, therefore, it becomes effectively unplayable. This issue is undoubtedly frustrating if you’ve lost the time and energy you’ve invested in grinding through matches to build up a solid roster of players. But player grievances are intensified if they’ve spent real money to expedite the whole team-building process only to find that they’re suddenly stuck in a position where their in-game currency is being depleted for arbitrary technical reasons—if they’re able to even play the game in the first place. It’s difficult to tell how many FIFA 15 players have spent real money on the game, and how much money those players have spent. But people have written comments on both the iTunes and Google Play store saying that they’ve lost players and progress after spending real cash to get them. Some claim they haven’t even received FIFA points after purchasing them.

When I contacted EA about the issue, they said it was difficult to pinpoint the exact source problems here. A representative from the company wrote me Tuesday to say: “Long story short is that it is very difficult to tell the genesis of these complaints (i.e. 3G/4G or wifi issues vs game issues).”

“We did find a minor issue affecting a small percentage of users causing them to drop before the game completed but it has since been fixed,” the EA rep said. “And at the moment we’re not receiving complaints about servers for the iOS/Android games.”

EA’s representative was speaking specifically about the servers, not other potential issues with the game. But I found his last statement about the company no longer receiving complaints perplexing all the same. All I had to do was skip over to FIFA 15’s reviews on Google Play and iTunes to see players writing about their frustrating experiences just trying to get the thing to work on their respective mobile device:

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As you can see from the dates listed, some of these comments were posted as recently as Monday. In certain cases, players have reported experiencing more problems with the game’s performance since it was last updated—particularly on Android. I downloaded the game on my iPad and Android smartphone yesterday to test out the respective versions. While the Android version seemed to run fine, I couldn’t even start playing the iOS version of the game on Tuesday night because every time I tried to open up the app, it got stuck on the “connecting to server” screen.

It’s also worth noting that these comments show that players still genuinely enjoy FIFA 15 Ultimate Team when the game is working for them. Indeed, many of the most critical comments are nested in glowing praise of the game and the improvements EA has made to the series since FIFA 14. And the new game has retained high marks in terms of its aggregate rankings on both iTunes and Google Play since it launched last month. As is often the case, these player complaints seem to be coming from a place of love more than anything else.

I reached out to EA to ask when exactly the fix was implemented to get a better idea of the timeframe behind its updates on iOS and Android. I also asked if the company was issuing refunds to players who had either lost stuff they’d purchased with FIFA points or not received FIFA points in the first place. We’ll let you know if they have more to say.

Men’s Shortlists for FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 Revealed

Four days after announcing the names of the candidates for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football for 2014 awards, FIFA and France Football have today revealed the names for the men’s awards.

The candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football awards have been unveiled (see below). The final decisions will be made by the captains and head coaches of the men’s national teams as well as by international media representatives selected by France Football.

The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 12 January 2015, during which the FIFA FIFPro World XI, the FIFA Puskás Award – for the most beautiful goal of the year – the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented.

The list of 23 male candidates has been drawn up by football experts from the FIFA Football Committee and by a group of experts from France Football. The list of ten coaches has been drawn up by the Committee for Women’s Football and FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and by the FIFA Football Committee, as well as by a group of experts from France Football.

On 1 December, FIFA and France Football will announce in a live show the names of the three women and three men, as well as the three coaches for women’s football and three coaches for men’s football, who have received the most votes (without unveiling the winners). The three nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award and the FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist for the best forwards (15), midfielders (15), defenders (20) and goalkeepers (5) will be unveiled in the end of November and the beginning of December.

Men’s shortlists for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

The following 23 men (in alphabetical order) are in contention for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014:

Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Mario Goetze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Mueller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire).

The following ten coaches (in alphabetical order, first nationality and then team) are in contention for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football 2014:

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Real Madrid CF), Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus FC/Italy national team), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich), Juergen Klinsmann (Germany/ USA national team), Joachim Loew (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Chelsea FC), Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Manchester City FC), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina/Argentina national team), Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid), Louis van Gaal (Netherlands/Netherlands national team/Manchester United FC).

5 weeks at the top for FIFA 15

EA games have spent 18 weeks at number one so far this year, with FIFA 15 making it five weeks in a row.

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FIFA’s latest win puts it ahead of Minecraft PlayStation Edition, where the PS4 release helped the game jump to number two in the charts this week.

New releases Bayonetta 2 and Civilization: Beyond Earth debuted at 7 and 18, respectively.

It’s worth nothing that Chart Track doesn’t count digital downloads so its PC sales stats are pretty much irrelevant.

Here’s the top 20:

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FIFA 15 player transfer issues investigated

EA Sports’ FIFA Coins has once again made its high profile releases to be the undisputed number one titles on UK Charts for four consecutive weeks now, including the new entries The Evil Within and Borderlands: Pre-Sequel holding spot number two and three respectively.

The last week however saw other video game chart toppers such as Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros. Interactive), Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft Games) and Alien: Isolation (Sega).

EA’s latest soccer simulation, FIFA 15, introduces an immersive and dynamic match presentation, improved commentaries, distinct fan reactions and chants, new bench recreations, various side line animations and the mesmeric 10-player celebrations that give gamers real-life feels of the game.

The soccer simulation video game picked up some great reviews and sales over the last few weeks, amid issues on Transfer Market feature.

An in-game error saying that the feature “is very busy at the moment and we’re experiencing some delays” was experienced by several players last Sunday.

EA Sports was quick to address concerns regarding FIFA 15 player transfer woes and has responded to a number of fans via Twitter.

Follow us “Our commitment to improve the FIFA 15 experience is ongoing, and regular feedback from our fans helps us prioritize and identify future improvements,” the FIFA Team wrote on an EA forum.

“For Xbox One and Xbox 360 players, trading in EA SPORTS Football Club and the FUT Web App Transfer Market will be unavailable while our teams work on resolving current issues,” a FIFA 15 post reads.

FIFA 15 was commercially released on Sept. 23, for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC.

FIFA Ultimate Team-Team Of The Week

It has been a month after FIFA 15’s release. As the most popular mode in the game, FIFA Ultimate Team is in its full swing. As usual, FIFA 15 Ultimate Team collects the best players for you every week. This week, there are several Premier League stars available to challenge.

Despite not being the highest rated player in this team, the standout this week is Manchester City star Sergio Aguero. He is fully deserving of his place after banging in four goals in City’s 4-1 win over Spurs at the weekend. He has been given an 87 rated inform card, which is a small boost over his normal 86 card.

Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder scored twice on Saturday evening, including an incredible screamer, to help lift his side to a 2-1 win over rivals Fenerbahce. The win keeps the club within a point of leaders Besiktas.

Bayern Munich crushed Werder Bremen 6-0 on Saturday to maintain their lead atop the Bundesliga table. Although known more for his defensive prowess, Philipp Lahm scored twice and increased his career league goal tally with the club to 10.

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Starting XI

GK: Alfredo Talavera-Toluca(Mexico)

CB(LB): Leighton Baines-Everton(England)

CB: Diego Godin-Atletico de Madrid(Spain)

CB(LB): Maxwell-Paris Saint-Germain(France)

LM(LW): Dusan Tadic-Southampton(England)

CM(CAM): Yoann Gourcuff-Olympique Lyonnais(France)

CM: Philipp Lahm-Bayern Munchen(Germany)

RM(CAM): Luiz Adriano-Shakhtar Donetsk(Ukraine)

LW: Wesley Sneijder-Galatasaray SK(Turkey)

RW(RM): Jose Callejon-Napoli(Italy)

ST: Sergio Aguero-Manchester City(England)

Substitutes & Reserves

GK: Abdoulaye Diallo-Le Havre AC(France)

RB: Johan Larsson-IF Elfsborg(Sweden)

RB: Benjamin Kessel-Eintracht Braunschweig(Germany)

CM: Victor Vazquez-Club Brugge(Belgium)

ST: Franck Etoundi-FC Zurich(Switzerland)

ST: Garry Thompson-Notts County(England)

ST: Pawel Brozek-Wisla Krakow(Poland)

Second Title Update Details Revealed, Brings Fixes

FIFA 15, the popular football simulation game from EA Sports, has released details of the second title update, which will roll out soon. The new update is expected to fix various issues, which were missed out in the first one.

When EA released the first title update, several fans were disappointed with the changes the update brought to the game, especially in the gameplay aspects. However, the second title update has included changes to shooting, goalkeeping, player search, player selection and more.

EA had previously told that it was investigating and working to fix the stuttering issues that arise during the online gameplay in PlayStation 4. The new update promises a fix to the issue.

Another issue that was affecting Xbox One players was the annoying motion blur during the game. EA will be fixing this issue too.

Currently, the second title update is available on PlayStation 4 and PC. It will soon be released for Xbox One too.

Here are the full patch notes for FIFA 15’s second title update (EA Forums):

Adjustments and improvements to shooting and goalkeepers.

(PlayStation 4) Fix for fans experiencing stuttering during online and offline gameplay.

Added ability to call out the keeper in Pro Clubs.

Fix for instances where Player Instructions in Seasons mode were not carrying over into gameplay via Team Management.

Further improvements to Player Search in Career Mode.

Adjusted Legendary difficulty in gameplay.

Improvements to Goal Line Technology.

Fix for match length issues in FIFA Ultimate Team Single Player Seasons matches.

Updated real-world injuries and suspensions in Match Day Live.

Improvements to ‘Looking Ahead’ audio in Career.

Fixes to Player selection in Team Management in multiplayer matches.

Tuned player specific audio speech in all modes.

(Xbox One) Improvements to motion blur effects.

(Xbox One) Fix to the display of FIFA Ultimate Team Legend players in the EA SPORTS Football Club widget.

FIFA 15 patch addresses shooting and goalkeepers

EA Sports has issued a patch for FIFA 15 that promises to improve shooting and goalkeeper behaviour among a host of other fixes and tweaks. According to the official forum, the patch is out now on PC and PS4 and coming soon to Xbox One.

The FIFA rebalancing patch, released once the game has been out in the wild for a few weeks, has become a bit of an annual tradition and usually seeks to address the most prominent complaints from the series’ dedicated community.

For them – and for critics who raised similar concerns – the headline changes should come as little surprise. Shooting, in particular, felt underpowered in the shipping game in all but the most talented attackers, leading to all sorts of wayward shots in situations where it felt strange not to at least test goalkeepers.

Speaking of whom, goalies were one of EA’s back-of-the-box talking points for this year, but their majestic new animations and situational reactions weren’t enough to prevent players lobbing them from near the halfway line, while their propensity to spill the ball into the path of onrushing attackers was also irritating.

We haven’t had a chance to check out the patch yet, but hopefully some of these things have been addressed. A rebalanced gameplay engine might also breathe some new life into Ultimate Team, which was a bit stale for my liking this time, by encouraging different approaches.

Elsewhere, the latest patch also fixes various bugs, as you can see in the patch notes:

Adjustments and improvements to shooting and goalkeepers.

(PS4) Fix for fans experiencing stuttering during online and offline gameplay.

Added ability to call out the keeper in Pro Clubs.

Fix for instances where Player Instructions in Seasons mode were not carrying over into gameplay via Team Management.

Further improvements to Player Search in Career Mode.

Adjusted Legendary difficulty in gameplay.

Improvements to Goal Line Technology.

Fix for match length issues in FIFA Ultimate Team Single Player Seasons matches.

Updated real-world injuries and suspensions in Match Day Live.

Improvements to ‘Looking Ahead’ audio in Career.

Fixes to Player selection in Team Management in multiplayer matches.

Tuned player specific audio speech in all modes.

(XB1) Improvements to motion blur effects.

(XB1) Fix to the display of FIFA Ultimate Team Legend players in the EA SPORTS Football Club widget.

“Our commitment to improve the FIFA 15 experience is ongoing, and regular feedback from our fans helps us prioritise and identify future improvements,” the developer added. “Thanks again for your continuous feedback on Twitter, Facebook, and the EA Forums. We appreciate this feedback and encourage you to record and share with us of any aspects you’d like to give your opinion on.”

EA investigating FIFA 15 transfer problems

EA says it’s aware of problems affecting FIFA 15 Ultimate Team player transfers and is working to resolve them.

Players began reporting the trading issues over the weekend. EA subsequently suspended Ultimate Team transfer features on Xbox consoles, although the problems have also been reported on other platforms.

A message on EA’s support site reads: “For Xbox One and Xbox 360 players, trading in EA Sports Football Club and the FUT Web App Transfer Market will be unavailable while our teams work on resolving current issues.

“Thanks for your patience while we improve and restore normal FIFA Ultimate Team gameplay.”

As pointed out in the comments section below, and in further detail on Softpedia, a number of scammers are currently targeting FIFA players by attempting to lure them to unofficial websites with the promise of free Ultimate Team packs. Gamers are advised to only follow advice from official EA Sports channels, such as the FIFA Twitter account.

FIFA 15 released on consoles, handhelds and PC on September 23. The first post-launch FIFA 15 title updates were released for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game last week, addressing many of the same issues fixed in an earlier FIFA 15 PC patch.

FIFA 15 review: The glorious game

We’ve had new iterations of the FIFA series since 1994, and this year is no different: FIFA 15 is entering the pitch, an update from last year’s version with it’s own bag of tricks to wow audiences.

FIFA 15, if you’re new to it, is about football — two teams of 11 men kicking a ball around a field for at least 90 minutes. But where it shines is how it presents the sense of theatre in each game – the emotion when you score a late equaliser, the tension in a penalty shootout. Emotion is what makes football special, and here you have it in spades. FIFA 15’s presentation is stellar, looking even more like a televised football match, from the great commentary to the replays of dramatic moments during the match.

EA Games has also amped up the emotions by letting the players respond while the game is on, instead of just during cut-scenes: Now you can watch a player moan about a foul while the referee waves play on. Goalkeepers are also now more realistic, making even more dramatic saves — while sometimes making believable mistakes.

Still, there’s a sense that the game hasn’t totally changed. There’s still a focus on quick counter-attacking play, but it can be said that EA Games probably doesn’t want to ruin a winning formula.

As a whole, FIFA 15 still represents the best in football simulation out there, but the games feels like more of a tweak than something new. Yet all that is forgotten when you step out onto the field, the crowd chanting in full surround sound. There’s really nothing else like it out there. The Winning Eleven is waiting on the sidelines with its launch next month to maybe take the trophy, but right now FIFA 15 is in full control.

Title Update Released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One

EA Sports has released its first title update for FIFA 15’s PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions. This release comes after it released a similar one for the PC version of the game.

FIFA 15 was released on 23 September 2014 for PC, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The popular franchise has includes some new features like The Concept Squad in Ultimate Team. It also includes 35 licensed leagues, over 600 clubs, 16,000 plus players and 41 licensed stadiums. The game received positive reviews.

Below are the title update notes for FIFA 15:

Fixed ‘search-by-name’ functionality in Career Mode.

Added the latency indicator to FIFA 15 Ultimate Team so fans can view health of connection before entering an online match.

Improved set-piece cameras in Online Seasons for Guest players.

Corrected home crowds in Match Day Live matches.

Fixed occurrences where the player would be unable to progress at the end of a FUT match due to the post-match menus not appearing (PS4).

Fixed occurrences where post-match menus do not appear after a FUT Single Player Season match (Xbox One).

Fix to hospitality upgrades in Career Mode and Pro Clubs.

Addressed exploit where players could infinitely switch kick-takers on set-pieces (PS4).

Improved stability when players change their set-piece taker (Xbox One).

Fixed occurrence where changes to the Subs and/or Reserves are not brought into Season matches (PS4).

Fixed occurrence where Reserves not brought into Season matches (Xbox One).

Stuttering Issues under Investigation

EA also addressed players on the PlayStation 4 stuttering issues that has affected some players. It assured players that the issue is under investigation.

It said in a post on its official forum, “We believe we have made progress in our on-going investigation of the stuttering issues currently affecting a small percentage of PS4 users. If you’re affected by this issue please you can help us with our investigation by providing details to @EASPORTSFIFA on Twitter.”

Meanwhile, EA released a video showing the second round of best FIFA 15 Coins goals that was score in the week.