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

The Third day of FUTmas (much like a Happy Hour / Happy DAY) is now live worldwide until 11.59pm (UK time) December 21st 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):
TOTW 14
Now is the time to fire up your consoles or login to the web application to make the most of the third 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 – Second Day of FUTmas: Silver Players Premium Packs – FIFA 13 Ultimate Team

The second day of FUTmas (much like a Happy Hour / Happy DAY) is now live worldwide until 11.59pm (UK time) December 20th 2012! The duration will be 24 hours and TOTW 14 in-form players will be available. Find Silver Players Premium packs in store all day! No double chance.

8.5k Silver Players Premium Packs Limit: 5

FUT 13 - Second Day of FUTmas - Happy Hour / Day - 20th December 2012 (UK) - FIFA 13 Ultimate Team
(200 FIFA Points per pack)
The Silver Players Premium Packs are good for finding silver In-forms. They include 12 players, which are mostly silver with 3 ‘shiny’ rares.
(Click below to see TOTW 14):

TOTW 14
Now is the time to fire up your consoles or login to the web application to make the most of the second 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 – First Day of FUTmas: Premium Gold Jumbo Packs – FIFA 13 Ultimate Team

The first day of FUTmas (much like a Happy Hour / Happy DAY) is now live worldwide until 11.59pm (UK time) December 19th 2012! The duration will be 24 hours and TOTW 13 in-form players will be available. Find special 15K Premium Gold Jumbo packs in store all day! No double chance.

15k Premium Gold Jumbo Packs Limit: 5

(300 FIFA Points per pack)
Players that are available in packs (click below):
TOTW 13

Now is the time to fire up your consoles or login to the web application to make the most of the first 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)

FIFA 15: 9 Tips To Play Like A God

We all know how frustrating FIFA can be sometimes. It’s a game that often doesn’t make sense to the best of us, but we love it in spite of its imperfections and the heartbreaking defeats.

There’s nothing more frustrating on FIFA than losing to a last minute goal, especially when you have pummelled the opposition mercilessly for 90 minutes. That ridiculous goalkeeping performance in the opposition nets – followed by the most naff of headers going into your own goal in injury time – well, it just adds to your anger and misery.

It’s not a rare feeling to think that the whole world is against you if you don’t come out on top. We all feel the same pain.

But there are ways around it. You don’t have to pour all of your heart and energy into that first online match of the day. It’s exciting, sure, but sometimes all FIFA requires is a little bit of knowledge of what to do and the will to execute it.

Skills and tricks are lovely, but believe it or not, there’s more to FIFA 15 than dancing your way around unwitting defenders. A set of ideals need to be in place for you to sustain success, because even the most fancy of tricks can be found out by good players eventually. So what do you actually need to do to reach the top of your game?

Nail down these nine things to achieve FIFA 15 God status.

PC, PS4 and Xbox One Christmas deals: Advanced Warfare, FIFA 15, Battlefield 4 and more

IF you’re a gamer and are hoping to have a new PC, PS4 or Xbox One waiting for you during the holidays then here’s a list of great deals to check out.

PC

PC gamers have a range of places to check out deals over the holidays, with both Orgin and Steam offering some top-notch bargains.

ORIGIN:

Origin Christmas deals

Dragon Age: Inquisition PC DOWNLOAD: £33.49

FIFA 15 PC DOWNLOAD: £33.49

Battlefield 4 Premium Edition PC DOWNLOAD: £19.99

Titanfall PC DOWNLOAD: £14.99

Exclusive Content: The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe PC DOWNLOAD: £29.99

Bonus Content: Titanfall Deluxe Edition PC DOWNLOAD: £23.99

SimCity: Complete Edition PC/MAC DOWNLOAD: £12.49

Mass Effect Trilogy PC DOWNLOAD: £19.99

Command & Conquer™ The Ultimate Collection PC DOWNLOAD: £12.49

STEAM:

The Steam Holiday sale is on, with daily and community voted deals being added till January 2.

Check out the latest bargains going live here.

PS4:

The PSN is offering some cut-price deals on PS4 titles this week.

The 12 Deals of Christmas with PSN have reached their end, but the Store’s January Sale gets into full swing today.

The deal’s advert boasts there are savings of up to 75 per cent to be had on titles on the PS4, PS3, PS Vita and Movies.

Getting Started With FIFA 15 Ultimate Team, Beginner Tips and Tricks

For the last couple of iterations, FIFA Ultimate Team has become one of the most important elements of the FIFA franchise. There are a lot of components to cover which will lead you to the ultimate glory that comes with FUT.

In this guide, I’ll be discussing about different basic level things so that you don’t repeat some of the commonly made mistakes in FUT.

Getting Started
First off, if you’re a new player to FUT and didn’t get a chance to try out the FUT 14, I would strongly recommend going through the official website and familiarize yourself with a couple of things about how FUT works.

Going in without any prior knowledge of FUT rules won’t get you anywhere near success. Once you’re done with learning the basic idea of how FUT works, jump into the game right away.

At the beginning days of the FUT, the market is always fluctuating and you need to take advantage of this thing to score yourself a couple of good deals.

Great deals will consequently allow you to form a strong team and start winning games right from the start. Winnings will eventually put you on the path of getting better with each day and will allow you to improve your team.

After starting the game for the first time, you’ll be required to give your club a name – this is the same for both returning and new players. Come up with a good name and abbreviation because changing it later involves a lot of hassle.

Starter Packs
You’ll receive some packs including a Starter Pack containing 34 cards – these cards are, however, cannot be sold. After opening up all your packs, the first thing that you need to do is to financially support your club.

The best thing at your disposal, at this point, is going to be your cards. You need to sell all these cards except the ones from the Starter Pack and then proceed.

Double-check the prices to make sure you’re not selling cards dirt cheap. By doing so, you’ll not be able to buy contracts and increase your progression speed, but also build a decent team.

Gaining Coins
Having an abundance of coins is always a good idea; therefore, you should try to farm them whenever possible. You can begin with checking out EASFC catalogue and exchanging your credits for coin boosts.

In addition to this, you can also tell your friends to send you these items. With these items active during your first couple of matches, you’ll keep on receiving bonuses until the effect of these items last.

Another useful thing to do is to complete Manager Tasks from the My Club which will net you rewards like Gold Packs. And while the cards of these Gold Packs will be non-traceable, you’ll be able to use them to enjoy cheaper items.

Lastly, coming to the option of buying FIFA Points, don’t go for buying these once the game has released for 3-4 weeks. Like I have mentioned above, take advantage of the market’s fluctuations and net yourself some good deals.

Trading
Trading will allow you to gather coins in a much faster way. Once you’ve gathered some coins, start making small investments, but always remember not to put in everything you have. There is no hard and fast rule to ensure 100% success rate, but don’t let a few failures get to you.

Note: Do note that at the beginning, you won’t find much traffic in the marketplace.

Start off with cards costing between 150 to 300 and stick to the small profits. This can be easily done by consumables which you’ll be able to buy at sale prices at the beginning of the game.

Once you’ve acquired a decent profit, expand your trading from consumables and move onto players.

Contract Cards
Buying contract cards is one important aspect of the FUT. With contract cards, it’s possible to make a player play after an injury – only if the player has contracts.

It’s recommended that you buy these contracts as soon as possible. Couple these up with the fifty per cent bonus from the managers and all your costs will be covered effectively.

Creating the Team
Before setting out to create your team, do note that different players of your team must have a decent chemistry with each other in order to gain success in the matches. Try and go for players with the same nationality to enhance the sense of team play among them.

Another thing to keep in mind is to create a team that compliments your style of playing the game. It hardly matters if your team has a rating of 99, unless it compliments your playstyle and a player’s individual performance.

By the general rule of thumb, you should look for pace and physical stats more than anything else.

Formation is another thing that you should not neglect when building up your team. Make sure that both your formation and players complement one another and then make adjustments accordingly.

Building up a team takes up a large chunk of your wealth, but if you’re left with some coins after building up your main squad, go with some cheap substitutes.

Start Playing
After setting up everything, try out the single-player mode first. The reason why I’m saying this is because it will allow you to get familiarized with the game and test out how your squad works with your chosen formation.

In addition to this, you’ll also be able to test out the chemistry among your players.

It’s a good idea to kick off the things with some easy tournaments before diving into the TOTW. For these starting games, utilize the players that you received with the Starter Packs and keep on playing with them until the all their contracts are expired.

Once the contracts of these players end, you’ll be forced to buy new players. You can go to the Transfer Market and trade them with a similar player with more contracts.

One more thing that you would be able to do is to get players on loan. By doing so, you’ll be saving a lot of extra coins and we’ll adding variety to your team. This will consequently allow you to win more starting matches and gain more coins.

Lastly, tell yourself never to forfeit a match! By doing so, you’ll lower your %DNF and will drastically reduce the rewards gained at the end of a game.

FIFA 15 Shooting Guide – Tips to Score a Goal With Finesse, Curler, Chip Shot

In FIFA 15, while it’s a good idea to keep possession and put less focus on aggression, remember that keeping the possession doesn’t win the games – scoring does.

FIFA 15 Shooting Tips

In this FIFA 15 shooting guide, I’ll share some basic tips on shooting as well as some of the types and how to make use of them effectively.

Why Timing Matters?
The first and foremost thing to remember to land a good shot is to get your player in a good position. Once you’ve done that, don’t make the mistake of shooting while your player is sprinting as sometimes, even the best of players sometimes miss that way.

Once you get in the position, slow down and if possible, make your player stop for a moment.

After this, set up a good angle and shoot the ball. Of course, this seems a lengthy process while reading, but you need to do all these things instantaneously to score a goal.

If you are used to long-range shooting, then sprinting sometimes can be a plus for you but obviously, you need to be careful as with a continuous sprint, you might end up colliding with a defender or your shot can be blocked.

Usually, if your player is balanced enough, the chances to score goal are increased manifolds.

The Accurate Finesse Shot
Those of you, who just started playing the game, know that finesse shots are far more accurate than normal shots, but one must know everything about their players; like, which foot they use to take a shot.

Since these shots suffer from reduced power, the best situation to use them is when your player is standing near the edge of the box.

In order to execute these shots, you need to press the RB/R1 and then press the B/Circle button. Refer above to know what finesse shots are all about, but for a general overview, these shots should be used if you’re trying to score a goal with an increased pace than the regular shots.

The Deadly Curler
Apart from accurate shots, one can also use finesse to curl the ball in from around the corner. Curlers used to be famous back in FIFA 2012. Although it might not be that effective in the latest iteration, but it’s still present.

In order to execute it, players with extra agility are recommended like Messi and Ronaldo.

From the wing outside the box, you can cut inside a couple of defenders, and once you are running horizontally along the box area, press the Finesse shoot button and hold the shoot button for as long as half the power meter is filled, if your position is good enough, the shoot will hit the target and the least you will get is a corner.

The Cheeky Chip Shot
These shots are executed by pressing the LB/L1 button and then pressing B/Circle button. Chip Shot is ideal in scenarios where the goalkeeper tries to lunge forward.

As soon as you see the goalkeeper advancing forward, go with the chip shot, and you’ll most certainly score a goal.

The first strategy is particularly useful for short-range scores. However, when going for long-ranged chip shots, make sure to adjust your power quite higher to beat the goalkeeper and score a goal.

Chip Shots are actually the hardest to master. You need perfect timing and power to score the goal as when a goalkeeper is rushing madly towards you, it kind of gets hard to estimate the right power one should put behind the shot.

Furthermore, some players have a habit to stop the keeper’s charge in between so that the opponent will execute an immature chip shot.

Just remember, Chip shots aren’t mandatory so if you aren’t comfortable enough with them, you can also try to beat the charging keeper first and then put the ball into the net. However, in both the case, you are going to need a lot of practice.

Against Best Goal Keepers
Like every FIFA game, some Goal Keepers can be a tough nut to crack. Prominent names include Manuel Neuer and G.G Buffon. Long range shots against them are hardly fruitful so it’s always better to go with a buildup play and use finesse shots against them.

In FIFA 15, keepers are more aggressive to take the ball so you will need to have more control over the ball if you want to execute a shoot on target.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Server Issues Continue to Annoy

Everyone has a favorite app on their mobile device, and many of these receive regular updates from their respective developers in the hopes of improving the overall experience for the user. Unfortunately, there was one favorite application that didn’t receive nearly enough updates, as EA’s FIFA 15 Ultimate Team saw numerous server outages for lengthy periods of time within the past few days. The development studio has announced the app has come back online following maintenance on the servers, but not after annoying more than a few good users.

EA has dropped the servers in order to perform scheduled maintenance on the FIFA 15 Ultimate Team application, but, unfortunately, it took far longer than expected. Users were reporting having the inability to connect for an extended period of time after the application was said to return to service. A twitter post from the developer revealed it would be down, and said a new version would be available upon the online servers being returned to duty.

Originally, EA estimated the downtime for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team to be around 3 hours in total, but this was extended following confirmation from the development team. During the extended period of maintenance, EA SPORTS Football Club, FIFA 15 Ultimate Team, the Web App, and the Mobile Companion App were all offline. All other game modes were said to be unaffected even throughout the extended downtime on the servers.

EA, of course, apologized for any inconvenience that users were experiencing. The delay took an additional 6 hours to complete, though it was only supposed to take 3. According to Express, EA apologized to their fan community numerous times regarding the delay. Everything should be working now, as the scheduled maintenance has come to a conclusion and all the servers have been returned to active duty henceforth.

Pick up FIFA 15 cheap in latest PSN flash sale

Pick up FIFA 15 cheap in latest PSN flash sale

Bargain prices on EA’s latest soccer sim across PS4, PS3 and Vita

FIFA 15 Chelsea

In the run-up to Christmas the European PlayStation Store has been throwing up some bargain prices on recent games in Sony’s 12 Deals of Christmas series of flash sales.

The latest sale in the series is devoted in its entirety to EA’s latest FIFA title.

PS4 owners can now get the FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition knocked down from £59.99 to £39.99, while those on PS3 can get the same for £19.99 (was £59.99).

The Vita version of FIFA 15 is also now going cheap. Owners of Sony’s handheld can now purchase the game for £14.99 (was £34.99).

The offers starts today, 19th December and runs for 48 hours finishing at 11.59am GMT this Sunday.

More authentic faces for Leicester, Burnley and QPR in FIFA 15

FIFA 15 Advanced Tips – Diving, Corner Kicks, Throw-Ins

With September dribbling to an end and cold weather approaching, we can’t think of anything better to warm up on these breezy evenings than FIFA 15. Thankfully, EA Sports rainbow kicked it right into our laps. This year’s edition includes several new features that enhance the beautiful game. This article breaks down some of the advanced maneuvers that will help you get off the bench and onto the pitch.

Out 23 September North America. 25 September Europe. 26 September UK.

If you need an entry course in FIFA, read our FIFA 15 and FIFA 14 beginner’s tips.

How to dive

Yes, we said diving. We know it is somewhat of a dirty word in football. Besides, players never intentionally flop to receive a call. No one has ever over exaggerated a small shirt pull into a huge spectacle that results in bodies hitting grass. No way did our favorite player launch himself onto the ground to get a penalty kick to maybe win the game!

OK, let’s be honest and take a step in the right direction by admitting that diving is a real thing in leagues today. That said, we bring this up for two reasons. First, there’s controversy. Some guys would rather get caught reading Fifty Shades of Grey on a train than get caught diving in football. Second, diving in FIFA 15 does not technically exist.

Nowhere in the game’s skills training section, basic controls, advanced or even mind control will you see how to dive or “double tap joystick to dive.” That being the case, we have a good amount of games under our belts to believe diving may exist. Call it Easter egg, glitch or Bigfoot sighting, and you can be the judge.

While on offense with the ball at your player’s feet, you need to have a defender on you jockeying for the ball. You need to wait for him to put a hand on you, either grabbing your shoulder or pulling at the bottom of your jersey. While this is going on, if you hit the lob pass/slide tackle button, there is a good chance your guy will go down and an even better chance it’ll appear to be a foul in the ref’s eyes.

After we discovered this, we spent plenty of time trying to duplicate our results with hit and miss outcomes. We think it may also depend on where the ball is at your feet. If it is literally right on top of your foot, you might just boot it away when attempting to dive. We seem to have better results when the ball is a little further ahead of our player, either at full sprint or if the defender slows us down enough with his jockeying.

Again, we’re not saying diving is 100 percent possible in FIFA 15 with an easy to hit button and a guaranteed outcome. However, it did happen enough to draw our attention. We’ll leave this up to you to try and master. If anyone gets more concrete answers, please leave a comment below. We’re sure everyone would love to learn how to do this. You know, to make sure we know what to stay away from. Besides, there is no room for flopping in football, right?

How to take corner kicks the FIFA 15 way

Corner Kicks grew stale over the years. For as long as we can remember, you had two options for attacking with a corner kick. Either slow roll pass it to another player on your side and try to wiggle in for a shot on goal, or high/low cross it into the box for a nice one timer. Well, we’re happy to say EA Sports finally put a stop to this in FIFA 15, sort of.

You basically have the same options with a twist. When you line up to take the corner, you can press Down on the D-pad to bring up a tactics list for your shot. At that point, by either pressing Up, Down, Left or Right again on the D-pad, you can choose to have your players set up for different plays. You could have them run near or far post, take a top of the box stance or crowd the keeper for a chance to get an unblocked kick.

We suggest never kicking the ball without using this tactic. You wouldn’t go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and just get a salad, would you? Use the options they give you. Your chance of scoring increases greatly if you run a specific tactic and kick accordingly. Simply kicking the ball into a pool of would-be receivers up against the new ultra smart goalie A.I isn’t the best idea.

How to perform throw-ins in FIFA 15

Most of the time, a throw-in wouldn’t be a topic of discussion for an advanced tip on playing FIFA. However, this year EA included two interesting features that will help try and break out on the defense.

Up until this year, you took control of the thrower and aimed at one of your computer-controlled teammates on the pitch, regardless of whether he is open or covered. This year, by pressing the Right Stick, you can become a player on the field and push to get open yourself. When you are in the clear, press A/X depending on the system to call for the ball. This little feature is hugely beneficial, especially when playing against a real opponent and not the A.I.

Another improvement to a throw-in is a through pass. Yes, the same type of through pass you are thinking about when passing on the field (Y/Triangle). This lets you throw the ball a little in front of your intended receiver to lead him to it, with the hope of scoring a full speed break past any defenders. We find this type of throw very helpful when playing with a friend on your team. You can communicate the run much better than before.

Going for the money shot on goal

Scoring is probably the most important aspect of FIFA 15. You’ll go home upset after every game if you can’t figure out how to get the ball past the keeper, and with the goalie receiving a shot of turbo juice this year, it’ll be more challenging than ever, though no one said challenging can’t be fun.

We can’t stress enough that everyone gets to know the finesse shot (RB/R1) very well. The finesse shot is a fancy little maneuver that puts the bend on the ball that all grade A players must have to succeed. The finesse shot is a deadly dance to master, since it increases the skill of the shot and makes it harder for the goalie to get a hand on it. It also makes it harder to control your shot, so practice makes perfect.

The flair shot is something new to FIFA 15. It is a variation of the line drive shot they had in FIFA 14. By holding down LT/L2 and shooting, you now perform the flair shot. This is used for shooting from further out. It is an arched line drive that doesn’t go as high as a normal kick. This shot is harder to pull off, but getting this to go in looks fantastic. Besides, who doesn’t like scoring from 40+ yards out. Gets you bragging rights for the rest of the night.

How to perform skill moves in FIFA 15

Similar to past FIFA games, the right thumb stick is the skill stick. This is the mother of all moves that you would use to beat your opponent in a one-on-one situation. This stick is a Pandora’s box of opportunity. When you have possession of the ball, use the right stick to juke, dip, dive, spin and dance past your would-be defender.

The skill stick is for all grades of players. Moves including a simple step over up to the intricacies of a rainbow can be dealt from here. The skill stick is a whole other skill to learn. There is no easy step to mastering the maneuvers.

Practice makes perfect when it comes to skill moves, so open up the skill moves in the options and study your butt off. There are a lot of moves to memorize, but adding them to your arsenal will transform you into an improved player.

Helpful FIFA hints

There are a few topics that don’t earn their own subcategory, but are important all the same.

Rushing the kicker: When you are lined up in the wall defending a free kick, hit A/X before the kick is taken and one of your guys will enter a runner stance. As soon as the attacker kicks the ball, you will have that guy rush the kicker. This doesn’t do too much to stop the kick, but gets your player in a better spot for a counterattack if you happen to clear the ball back down the field.

Push your guys down field: When your goalie has the ball, he now can tell your team to move further down the field and get ready to receive a big boot toward the other team’s goal. This is another great feature in FIFA 15. While your goalie is holding the ball, tap the RB/R1 button on the controller to have your goalie motion to you team to move up. This is a great tactic to take if you are down a goal and time is getting short.

Stay on goal line: Most FIFA pros already know that if you hold Y/Triangle when you are on defense, you pull your goalie out to rush the attacker. What is new this year is that if you double tap the same button, it will pull your goalie out to the line and he will stay there. You can do this when you expect a break and you don’t want to hold Y/Triangle, allowing you to focus on the defender you control.

That about wraps up the new advanced skills brought into the wonderful world of FIFA 15. We hope these tips help you run up the score on whoever challenges you. For even more strategies, check out our FIFA 14 advanced tips from last year, and remember that after you beat your opponent, it is always polite to exchange jerseys.

FIFA 15 is available now across multiple platforms.