FIFA 09 Getting Full Trophy Support by Anthony Barlow
February 12, 2009, 4:49 pm
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[By Anthony]

It has been revealed that with the new update FIFA 09 will be getting full trophy support. Earlier this week it was announced that a new downloadable pack, ‘Ultimate Team’, would bring some trophies to the game but now it has come to light that a full set of trophies is to be implemented in a free patch.

Downloadable Content Coming For FIFA 09 by Anthony Barlow
February 11, 2009, 9:31 am
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[By Anthony]

Just after the release after the winter update, there’s more FIFA 09 news to share. Announced this morning was some new downloadable content for EA’s popular footy game and it sounds, well, kinda cool. The new ‘Ultimate Team’ mode is said to “deliver a strategic new online experience” to the game. The challenge is for the player to create or collect the best team and compete against others worldwide. This new downloadable content will also add trophy support to the PS3 version of the game, which is really cool, but why not just give the whole game trophies?

The mode is card based (wait don’t stop reading yet), players need to collect bronze, silver and gold cards. It’s not only players you’ll be collecting either, coaching staff will be available too, as well as different formations and contract upgrades.

You’ll also be able to create your own team. You’ll be able to:

” Customize everything from players and stadiums to the kits and badges, creating the world’s next great football club. Compete offline and online to earn more valuable cards or trawl the market for the ones needed to complete a winning team. Climb the league table or compete in knockout tournaments for the most coveted trophies, where the opposition becomes more difficult after each victory.”

The ‘Ultimate Team’ content will be available to download from March 19th (more than likely 20th for PS3). The press release also states that some kind of trial will be available to players, allowing them to try before they buy. Sounds, alright. No pricing has been announced as of yet, rest assured we’ll keep you informed on all the latest goings on. Hit the jump for screenshots. Continue reading

EA Sports ‘Complex’ Coming To Home by Anthony Barlow
January 8, 2009, 7:42 pm
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[By Anthony]

It’s CES, and because of that there’s some announcements. The coolest of which is little gem. Sony and EA Sports have announced that a new Home area for all EA Sports franchises is in the works. In this new space users will be able to play EA sports multiplayer games, view leaderboards and interact with other fans.

Here’s what EA Sports’ Peter Moore had to say about this new venture:

“We’re proud to support the PlayStation Home Beta with a very robust offering from EA SPORTS. As part of our continued commitment to the connected experience and the digitization of our business, the EA SPORTS Complex is a rich new online environment that presents a compelling and immersive social gaming experience for the global sports audience.”

EA have also said they plan to introduce more franchises into Home. With this, and the announcement that the Red Bull space will be appearing today too, Home seems to have become a better place to be. Hit the jump for the trailer. Continue reading

FIFA 09 Patch Petition by Anthony Barlow
October 18, 2008, 10:29 pm
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[By Anthony]

I would first like to point out that there was a small discrepancy with my FIFA 09 review that went up a few weeks back. I failed to mention that in ‘Manager Mode’ you are unable to change the squad numbers of players, something which has been a feature of FIFA for years.

This has obviously caused some outrage within the FIFA 09 community and members have created a petition thread on the forums, lets hope EA take notice. I said i’d plug them on here, as I think it’s really dissapointing that it’s not in there. To voice your outrage (as you should), go here.

FIFA 09 Goal Of The Week Competition – Week 1 – Ad’s by Anthony Barlow
October 8, 2008, 12:11 pm
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[By Anthony]

I said a few months back I wanted to add a few more community features to the site and a ‘Goal Of The Month’ competition for FIFA 09 was one of them. Well it’s kicked off (sorry). This week’s goal comes curtosey of our very own King Of Comments, Ad’s.

Sorry for the crappy quality, iPhone vids converted to FLV on YouTube aren’t gonna look that great. Hopefully EA will have their EA Sportsworld service (or whatever) up and running soon enough.

Review: FIFA 09 (PS3) by Anthony Barlow
October 7, 2008, 12:51 pm
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[By Anthony]

As many of our readers will know I have been a champion of the PS3 releases of EA’s footy sim for some time, and these whole hearted recomendations have been met with some hostility. On occasion I have been refered to as a ‘FIFA fanboy’ by some of our commenters, which is why I was reluctant to review the game at first. I would first like to dispel any talk of fanboyism and bias and want to let the readers know that nothing of the sort is ever published here on XeNonX and, although I love the FIFA franchise, this, like all of my reviews, are taken seriously and are not in any way compromised by my fondness for a franchise and/or developer.

Thankyou, Anthony. Hit the jump for the review. Continue reading

Second Impressions: FIFA 09 by Anthony Barlow
September 14, 2008, 5:20 pm
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[By Anthony]

With the release of the FIFA 09 demo on the PlayStation Store on Thursday/Friday it gave me a chance to try out an updated build of EA’s latest offering from the football world. I began to notice the differences imediately: textures looked better, player models had been updated and the whole game looked a lot more polished. Of couse there were still a few bugs in there (i’ve noticed a few anomalies with the opposition A.I.) but this is more than likely the build that was shown off at Lepizig earlier this month.

Gameplay seems more fuild and fact paced than the last build I played, in fact it’s faster than many of the past FIFA games. Don’t let this put you off this new found speed adds a lot to the gameplay and surprisingly makes the game more tactical.

The demo also gave me a chance to muck about with the improved trick system a little more and, although it might not seem like it at first, it’s a lot more diverse than in previous itterations. One of the biggest features is the ability for players to set themselves up for shots by juggling the ball, kicking it into the air, and volleying the ball at the goal. This might not seem too significant, but it could help get your team the winner in the closing seconds of the game.

There’s 250 new features added to the game and they definitely improve upon a greatly improving franchise. Watch out PES, it looks like FIFA’s coming back for it’s crown.