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With the release of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14, gamers have their first opportunity to immerse themselves in the popular card collecting Ultimate Team mode with some of college football’s all-time greats. The inclusion of Ultimate Team mode in NCAA Football 14 allows college football fans to assemble a roster from over 1400 of the game’s greatest players.

Gamers can play against the CPU in solo challenges, or go head-to-head online in Seasons Mode. By collecting “coins”, players can help build their own powerhouse lineups, comprised of greats like Desmond Howard, Doug Flutie, and Eddie George.

ESPN and EA Sports asked fans to vote on the #UltimateTeam of the last 25 years, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers emerged victorious on the strength of their back-to-back National Championships of the 1990s. As a part of the celebration of the great Cornhuskers teams, Tommie Frazier has been included as a playable character in NCAA Football 14‘s Ultimate Team Mode. Frazier is best remembered for leading the 1994 and 1995 Cornhuskers teams to back-to-back National Championships. Frazier’s 75-yard run versus the Florida Gators in the 1996 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is still considered one of the greatest plays in college football history.

EA Sports is giving away a Tommie Frazier card to anyone who logs into NCAA Football 14’s Ultimate Team mode from Friday, August 16 to Thursday, August 22. Frazier lent Franchise Mode a few minutes of his time to discuss all things NCAA Football 14.

Franchise Mode: How much of a role did you play in bringing Nebraska fans out to vote on EA Sports’ #UltimateTeam?

Tommie Frazier: I didn’t really have to play an active role in that because the fans of Nebraska are going to do what’s right. They were always going to go out and support their program and the University of Nebraska. I don’t think any former players had to do much lobbying. If you know the true passion of fans of the Nebraska football program, then you know that anytime they have a chance to go out and support the football program, then they’re going to do it.

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If you’re into the ever so popular FIFA Ultimate Team mode (on the XBOX 360), here’s some good news for you: soccer legends are coming to FUT. A full list will be announced later today (10am ET), but right now Freddie Ljunberg, Ruud Gullit and Dennis Bergkamp have been confirmed as addable players. Players will be randomly inserted into FUT Gold Packs starting at the launch of Xbox One. Watch the trailer above.

Update (11:30AM ET): Here’s the full list of FUT Legends making their appearance in FIFA 14:

Dennis Bergkamp Fernando Hierro Robert Pirès
Oliver Bierhoff Filippo Inzaghi Frank Rijkaard
Sol Campbell Patrick Kluivert David Seaman
Fabio Cannavaro Henrik Larsson Teddy Sheringham
Rui Costa Jens Lehmann Andriy Shevchenko
Hernán Crespo Gary Lineker Davor Šuker
Frank de Boer Freddie Ljungberg Marco van Basten
Marcel Desailly Paolo Maldini Edwin van der Sar
Paulo Futre Lothar Matthäus Ruud van Nistelrooy
Stefan Effenberg Gary Neville Patrick Vieira
Robbie Fowler Michael Owen Christian Vieri
Ruud Gullit Pauleta George Weah
Gheorghe Hagi Pelé  

Here you go! FIFA 14 demo comes out on September 10th worldwide on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.  Game is out on September 24th.

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The NHL 14 demo releases today. As of 6:30AM ET this morning, it’s only available for XBOX Live Gold members. PS3 users will probably be able to access it later today. Here’s the link to queue up the download for XBOX users.

And some more info from EA Sports regarding features included in the demo:

  • Play Now: Powered by a generation of EA SPORTS innovation, NHL 14 is hockey at its best. In the NHL 14 demo, players jump into the third period of a game and play as either the Boston Bruins or the Chicago Blackhawks to experience the speed, skill and aggression of the two teams from the 2013 Stanley Cup® Finals.
  • NHL 94 Anniversary Mode: EA SPORTS celebrates the most iconic entry in the NHL franchise with the inclusion of NHL 94 Anniversary Mode. In the NHL 14 demo, players will have a chance to experience a heated third period between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL 94 Anniversary Mode. Featuring big goals and even bigger hits, the mode offers nods to its hockey video gaming roots through classic button controls, a retro presentation style including blue ice, classic star-shaped player indicators, organ music and much more.
  • Hockey Ultimate Team Tournament: Build, manage and compete in Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) to create a fantasy team without boundaries. HUT in NHL 14 introduces all new features including online seasons and an auction assistant. In the NHL 14 demo, take part in a mini tournament against the Halifax Mooseheads, Grand Rapids Griffins, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. When players complete their first HUT game in the demo, they will receive one free pack (equivalent value to Silver Pack). When players win the tournament, they will receive an additional free pack (equivalent value to Silver Pack). All free packs are for use in the retail version of NHL 14 only.

 

Some Madden 25 ratings got released, and while it’s only on the offensive side of the ball, we get to see who’s the best at their respective position. Here’s the full breakdown:

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QB

  1. Aaron Rodgers (98 OVR)
  2. Tom Brady (97 OVR)
  3. Peyton Manning (97 OVR)
  4. Drew Brees (96 ovr)
  5. Matt Ryan (94 ovr)

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Running Back

  1. Adrian Peterson (99 OVR)
  2. Marshawn Lynch (96 OVR)
  3. Arian Foster (95 OVR)
  4. Ray Rice (94 OVR)
  5. Jamaal Charles (94 OVR)

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Wide Receiver

  1. Calvin Johnson Jr. (99 OVR)
  2. Rob Gronkowski (98 OVR)
  3. Andre Johnson (97 OVR)
  4. Jason Witten (96 OVR)
  5. Jimmy Graham (96 OVR)

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Offensive Linemen

  1. Evan Mathis (98 OVR)
  2. Joe Thomas (97 OVR)
  3. Marshal Yanda (97 OVR)
  4. Josh Sitton  (96 OVR)
  5. Joe Staley (96 OVR)

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The Madden 25 demo came out on Tuesday, but if you’re on the Playstation 3, you might have a bit of a problem: players are invisible. Not sure how this got through testing, but EA Sports is apparently aware of the issue, and it should be fixed before the game gets to stores on August 27th.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the ghosts:

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If you haven’t heard, the NCAA is currently in a lawsuit for current and former student athletes over the alleged use of player likenesses in EA Sports video games without receiving  compensation. Last month, the NCAA announced that they’ll no longer license their trademarks in EA Sports video games, and today the Southeastern Conference is doing the same.

“Each school makes its own individual decision regarding whether or not to license their trademarks for use in the EA Sports game(s),” the SEC said in a statement. “The Southeastern Conference has chosen not to do so moving forward. Neither the SEC, its member universities, nor the NCAA have ever licensed the right to use the name or likeness of any student to EA Sports.”