Archive for the ‘FIFA’ Category


One frustrating thing in the FIFA games is when you have a great opportunity for a pass and your teammate just isn’t in the right position to receive this. This is now a thing of the past with Teammate Intelligence. New for FIFA 14, your computer controlled teammates can now to make better and smarter decisions on both the attack and on defense.

Some notes from EA:

  • FIFA 14 introduces new run types to make goal-scoring opportunities even more exciting. Players will have the intelligence to break down defenses by creating space for themselves and separation from defenders.
  • You will notice that attacking players will watch the backline to avoid being caught offside before breaking free for a pass or through ball. Attackers will also now perform checked runs to confuse defenders.
  • Additionally, the center-forward will back into a defender to hold position and receive the ball, creating space to gain possession. Afterward, he will either release to another player or turn and shoot on goal.
  • Defenders will be better at tracking runs without over-committing. They will recognize opportunities to support and apply pressure from anywhere on the pitch. Rather than always covering the player closest to them, AI defenders will better position themselves to reduce the chance of someone being left wide-open:
  • Defensive decision-making will be based on multiple frames enabling defenders to continually analyze the play to search for the most dangerous player. This will improve run tracking and man marking. Smarter, tighter marking will change the way games unfold as more action is driven to the middle of the field, leading to tighter passes and a greater emphasis on strategy.
  • Also introduced this year is defensive pressure—teammates will recognize good opportunities to win back possession and support with tighter marking and more pressure. Previously, once a team had a lead late into a match, they would begin to slow the pace to run down the clock. Now, Defenders will recognize this and press the attacking players in an attempt to win back possession.


The folks at MachinimaSports got a chance to speak with Sebastian Enrique (FIFA 14 Producer) about some new features in the upcoming FIFA 14. We wrote about the new features yesterday, but this video should explain things a bit further.  In this vid you’ll learn about real ball physics, pure shot, and more:


EA keeps rolling out new info about their games this week. Monday was NHL 14, and today is FIFA 14. By their main header, it looks like Lionel is the main cover star once again, but check out some features and some screens for the upcoming soccer game. More info to come as we get it, of course.

PURE SHOT: Position yourself for the perfect strike

Shooting has been transformed. Players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net. Well-hit balls feel satisfying and goals are rewarding. As well as quality strikes, players can now shoot while off balance or rushed.

PROTECT THE BALL: Dominate midfield and dictate the tempo

Fend-off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling at any speed. Protect the ball from opponents to control play through midfield and dictate the tempo of the match. Plus, out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the ball, then turn defenders to carve out opportunities.

REAL BALL PHYSICS: Authentic ball movement and control

Strike the ball with more force and finesse. Realistic ball physics now determines the trajectories of balls in game, enabling players to strike the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy, and blast dipping or swerving shots, just like real footballers.

TEAMMATE INTELLIGENCE: Better support from smarter teammates

Better decision-making delivers tighter, smarter marking and improved run tracking. Defenders recognize opportunities to provide support and win back possession. Attacking players have new ways to outsmart their opponents and break down tighter, more intelligent defenses by creating space for themselves, running along the backline and checking their pace.

GLOBAL SCOUTING NETWORK: A game-changing way to play Career Mode

Experience the world of professional scouting as you search for talent around the world. Develop and refine your own scouting network. Evaluate footballers to uncover the attributes of players who could bolster your squad during the transfer windows. A new hub delivers easy navigation, fewer interruptions and live scouting reports.

FIFA 14 will deliver online features and live services that connect fans through EA SPORTS Football Club, making FIFA 14 football’s social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world. The game will also feature:

  • Changes to the wildly popular FIFA Ultimate Team
  • A new online Mode that will encourage social competition
  • Multiple new features and benefits to EA SPORTS Football Club, the live service that is the heartbeat of FIFA
  • Complete authenticity with more than 500 officially licensed clubs.

Now for the screenshots:

fifa14_screen8 Read the rest of this entry »

About 20 minutes ago, wide receiver Chad Johnson sent our boy Rob a tweet, assuming he saw our FIFA 13 world record video. Here is how the conversation went:

If you follow Chad on Twitter, you’ll know that he’s a gamer. He frequently tweets about his Madden, Call of Duty and FIFA skills, and is also extremely competitive. This needs to happen. We’ll keep you updated with any details on if and when this is going down.


If you followed our blog last week, you’ll know all about this post. If not, a brief recap: last week I posted a video of a guy scoring 190 goals in a FIFA 13 game, setting a world record. Since that video, many people have tried to beat the record. At the time of filming on Friday, the new record was 251 goals.

FIFA is a big deal in our office here at theScore. Our best player Rob attempted to beat the record. It took just under two hours to attempt it (you can see the full video here), but here’s a recap of how it went down last week Friday:

We submitted the record to Guinness World Records over the weekend, and are currently awaiting verification. We’re at the top of the leaderboard though, so all is looking well:


Congrats to Rob. Think you can beat this record? Give it a shot, and let us know how you do.


Crazy busy day at the office on Friday, so I never got a chance to update the blog. Just an update on our quest to break the FIFA 13 “highest margin of victory” world record. We did it! Of course by we, I mean my co-worker Rob. He used Juventus to score 289 goals. We uploaded the full video to Guinness World Records this morning (warning: it’s extremely long), but we’ll upload a short, more exciting recap vid tomorrow.


Earlier this week I wrote about a guy who set a Guinness World Record by scoring 190 goals in FIFA 13. While I’m not a big FIFA guy, I figured that somebody in our office here at theScore could come close, or even beat the new world record. I wrote about my co-worker Rob Pizzola, who is a huge FIFA guy, and the best in the office. After some conversation, he has decided to attempt to break the record.

I reached out to Guinness World Records yesterday morning, and asked them what we have to do to be considered the new world record holders. They responded back with a link to their site, where users all over the world are trying to break the 190 record. If you thought 190 was ridiculous, the current record is now 251 goals, set by a gamer by the name of Jaime Cruz.

I have faith in Rob, so we’re not discouraged for Friday’s world record attempt. I tried my hand at the record two nights ago, and I scored 203 goals using Barcelona:


I would also like the pass along the challenge to you, our Franchise Mode family. Play a game of FIFA 13 sometime within the next 48 hours and let us know how many goals you can score in one game. Here are the guidelines that we’re following, as stated by Guinness:

  • You must make your attempt on an unmodified Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 console using unmodified controllers.
  • The player may select any team to control. The player may also select any opponent to play against.
  • This record is for a single player; co-operative play or substituting of participants is not permitted.
  • This record is considered an “open” achievement and thus the following game settings apply:
    • Difficulty: Any
    • Game end type: Time
    • Game duration: Any
    • Head Start: None
      All other settings are at the player’s discretion
  • Your video must show the following:
    • The attempt in its entirety, including the correct settings being displayed before the attempt begins
    • The game disc and box.
    • The display, console and controller used.
  • You may use a direct capture of your screen as evidence for your attempt. If you do, your video must also include the required evidence of the console set-up you are using, via picture-in-picture video or similar.

Also be sure to follow us on Twitter at @Franchise_Mode, as we’ll be providing updates throughout Rob’s quest for 250+. Note: Attempting this record is incredibly boring to do, so if you have a spare hour and fifteen minutes, by all means.