Centre-back Gary Cahill and striker Daniel Sturridge will be the only survivors from Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Sao Paulo, which sealed England’s elimination in the FIFA Ultimate Team Coins group phase.
“Well, Ben Foster will play in goal,” Hodgson told a pre-match press conference at the Estadio Mineirao.
“The right-back will be Phil Jones. Gary Cahill will play centre-half alongside Chris Smalling, and Luke Shaw will play left-back.
“In midfield we will have (James) Milner, (Frank) Lampard, (Jack) Wilshere, (Ross) Barkley and (Adam) Lallana, and Sturridge will play up front.”
Southampton left-back Shaw, 18, and 20-year-old Everton midfielder Barkley will be making their first competitive starts for England.
While Hodgson is eager to give as many members of his squad a taste of World Cup football as possible, he also wants to see his side sign off with a victory.
“With a very different team and a lot of players who haven’t played in the tournament so far, I wanted everyone to go home from this tournament — or at least as many as possible — having taken part and played in a game, not just training,” he said.
“We’re very conscious of the fact that our fans are as disappointed and devastated as we are, but they are still here supporting us.
“We came into the hotel and received a lot of sympathy, kind words from them, and we really want to make certain tomorrow (Tuesday) night that they see something that they can take some encouragement from.
“And most importantly of all, it’s a top-class international on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup, so anything else than taking the game very seriously and trying to win the game in its own right would be out of the question.”
Hodgson had already announced that 36-year-old Lampard would captain the side, on what is expected to be his final England appearance, with regular skipper Steven Gerrard starting on the bench.
Lampard is expected to announce his international retirement after the tournament, but Hodgson still hopes to be able to call upon the former Chelsea midfielder in future.
“With regard to Frank Lampard, he’s 36,” Hodgson added. “We don’t know as yet what his next destination is. I would be more than happy if Frank remains available for selection because you never know when you need players.
“A quality player like him, I am sure he could serve the country well even in the future, but I haven’t had that conversation with him as such as yet.”
While there is nothing riding on the match for England, Costa Rica require a point from the game to secure top spot in Group D.
England FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Coins team to play Costa Rica: Ben Foster; Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw; Frank Lampard (capt), Jack Wilshere; James Milner, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana; Daniel Sturridge
Auch Profifußballer zocken FIFA 15. In einem neuen Video zeigt Publisher Electronic Arts ein kleines Turnier zwischen Spielern des englischen Erstligisten FC Chelsea. Im Turnier stehen sich die Teamkollegen César Azpilicueta und Loïc Rémy sowie Nathan Aké und Weltmeister André Schürrle gegenüber. Eindrücke aus den spaßigen Matches erhaltet ihr nach nur einem Klick auf den folgenden Stream. Darin erfahrt ihr außerdem, welches der beiden Teams das FIFA 15-Turnier schließlich für sich entscheiden konnte.
FIFA Coins ist seit dem 25. September im Handel erhältlich. Die aktuelle Fußballsimulation von Electronic Arts lässt sich unter anderem auf PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 und PlayStation 3 spielen. Wie gut der EA-Kicker geworden ist, lest ihr in unserem ausführlichen Test zu FIFA 15. Wer die Fußballsimulation vor dem Kauf ausprobieren will, hat anhand einer Demo die Möglichkeit dazu. Die Testversion wurde kurz vor dem Release von FIFA 15 auf PC und Konsolen veröffentlicht. Der Download lässt sich über Origin, Xbox Live und PlayStation Network starten.
Viele weitere News, Videos und Screenshots findet ihr auf unserer Themenseite zu FIFA 15. Dort halten wir auch erste Tipps für euch bereit. In einem ausführlichen Guide zu FIFA 15 verraten wir etwa, wie ihr ein gutes, aber günstiges Team im populären Spielmodus FIFA Ultimate Team zusammenstellt. In einem separaten FIFA 15-Tipp gehen wir auf das Trading für bis zu 1 Million Münzen ein.
For EA Sports, “Madden NFL” likely is its flagship franchise, but the “FIFA” titles generally are the most consistently good each year.
And this year is no different with “FIFA 15,” which was released in September for virtually every console and handheld system gaming has to offer. Like “Madden,” “FIFA” largely has figured out the formula for soccer games, and justifying the purchase of a new year’s edition comes down to how much the tweaks improve the experience.
For “FIFA 15,” gameplay was the major focus, and the changes make the experience better, for the most part. Player movement looks and feels more realistic, from the way they change direction to the new animations. Goalkeeper play is improved, too — once post-release patches are downloaded and installed.
Not all the tweaks work. EA Sports touts new emotions and attitudes toward each teammate on the field that change organically based on the game’s events. Perhaps they are changing the way the game plays, but any effect is hard to notice.
Game modes feel the same, for the most part. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because Career Mode, Ultimate Team and the other mainstays remain top notch. It’s easy to get sucked into the solo modes just as fun to play locally or online with a friend.
It all adds up to another win for one of gaming’s premier sports franchises, as “FIFA 15″ will be in the running for Sports Game of the Year.
EA Sports has announced that the second title update for FIFA 15 is available now across PlayStation 4 and PC, with an Xbox One release due in the coming days.
Targeting wayward goalkeepers and the stuttering issue found on the PS4 version of the footie simulator, the sophomore patch also addresses and fine tunes other problems found by the community, including the make-or-break Goal Line technology.
Here’s a comprehensive list of those fixes, courtesy of EA:
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.
This update follows up on FIFA 15’s first post-launch patch. Released just last week, it aimed to fix several of the game’s teething problems such as camera problems and that all-important 12th man, the noise and reactions of the home crowd.
EA’s latest entry into the evergreen franchise currently sits atop the UK’s all-format charts, and shows no signs of budging. With little to no releases from now until Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, it seems safe to assume FIFA 15’s reign will last into the beginning of next month.
Currently available to download for PlayStation 4 and PC, FIFA 15’s sophomore patch is available right now, with EA confirming that the update will arrive on Xbox One “soon.”
EA Sports are putting out patch a for FIFA 15 to improve the behavior of goalkeepers and fix some shooting issues plaguing the title. The PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game are already updated with this fix with the Xbox One patch coming soon, according to the official forums.
These two important aspects of any football (sorry… soccer) game are often a hotbed for criticism and general disapproval from the game’s avid community. As is often the way with FIFA release, and as a result with FIFA 15, the re-balancing patch is turning into something of an annual holiday like Easter or Halloween. The initial release of FIFA 15 had some fairly lackluster shooting mechanics in place and goalkeepers didn’t behave in the shining way they were advertised to do so.
This patch hopes to address these problems, with EA stating that ”Our commitment to improve the FIFA 15 experience is ongoing, and regular feedback from our fans helps us prioritize and identify future improvements” as a way to reassure the FIFA 15 community that they are going to be well catered for. They also added that some praise for their community, saying “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.”
A full list of the patch notes can be found below.
- 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.
Last week, EA had updated to fix the bugs of FUT 15 app for Android and iPhone. But everything hasn’t gone smoothly for some as I played it after the latest update. FIFA Ultimate Team Coins still hold some problems since the update. Here are some details.
The update offered off-the-pitch improvements and immersive full-screen support, but since downloading the latest FUT 15 update, problems with disconnection or not being able to connect to the server remain. A look at user reviews on the Google Play Store and App Store app descriptions also reveals a similar story.
For example on Google Play, one player wrote. “Haven’t been able to connect since the update. I just updated the game and since that I have been unable to start the game. After the load screen it just stays on the connect to server and stays that way. This is a big issue for me despite the fact that it is a really enjoyable game. Plus I had a whole 84+rated psg team which I built after putting in a lot of hours in the game, I hope I don’t lose my team. Please fix EA, the game is best on the market if you guys respond to some of our issues. My recommendation to all others is don’t update yet.”
Another Android app use said: “ when I log into Facebook my game crashes and says status 409 called 1002 and I can’t log in so I had to uninstall then reinstall and it still said that error so EA please help me out.”
Overall the game is good. However, whenever I go to bid on a player, or am half way through a game, or have scored a message pops up saying cannot connect to ultimate team server. Meaning I have to play the game 3 or 4 times but it still uses up my contracts.
Though, according to use reviews, these problems listed above are not affecting all players. But since some players are complaining on the internet, and I myself encountered with these problems, that means there are really something wrong. I hope EA can see this and fix the problems as soon as possible.
The games have been terrible and GamerGate has muddied the name of gamers everywhere, but is 2014 so bad it will leave lasting damage?
For the last few months I’ve been joking that the end of year review for 2014 will be more akin to writing an obituary for the games industry. But somehow things have managed to get even worse in the last few weeks, and there no longer seems any point waiting till December in order to confirm 2014 as a complete and utter disaster for video games.
The initial problem was simply that this year’s crop of games has been extremely disappointing. That’s not at all unusual for the first full year in a new console’s life, but the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, like the Wii U before them, have had an especially poor start.
None of their launch games have impressed and despite the PlayStation 4’s overwhelming sales success its line-up of exclusives this year has been shamefully uninteresting. This has culminated in just a single first party game for the whole of Christmas: Driveclub, which almost two weeks after launch still doesn’t work properly.
Opinions on their exact quality vary but major new franchises Watch Dogs and Destiny have both been disappointingly bland and unambitious, while the equally anticipated Titanfall has proven to have a half-life of mere weeks. Even FIFA 15 has been the worst reviewed entry in the series for years, while the much anticipated survival horror revival has already stalled thanks to the flawed Alien Isolation and The Evil Within.
This is a subjective list of course, but although everyone will have their own opinion on each individual game it’s impossible to argue that the cumulative effect is anything other than grossly disappointing. If you don’t own a Wii U or a PC, and especially if you don’t tend to like indie games, then the year’s harvest of great games is undeniably the worst in living memory.
And this at a time when all video games companies should have been making their best effort. The traditional games industry is currently under attack from all sides, with mainstream audiences increasingly happy to rely on smartphones and tablets for their gaming fix – rather than machines actually conducive to playing games on.
I’ve personally made this point to execs at both Sony and Microsoft but this new generation of consoles seems to be the worst prepared for, not the best. That’s despite having longer than ever to get ready (given how long the last generation lasted) and having the fumbled launches of the 3DS, PS Vita, and Wii U as case studies in how not to launch a new console.
But unfortunately 2014’s poor quality games aren’t even the half of it. If ordinary people, those that play the odd game of FIFA or Call Of Duty – or Candy Crush or Clash Of Clans – ever felt uncomfortable with being called a gamer before, then the term must now have been poisoned beyond all redemption. And the reason for that of course is GamerGate.
The sociological studies needed to explain what GamerGate is and how it came about will no doubt keep psychologists in business for years to come. The Wikipedia entry is as good as any at explaining the basics, and shows how the whole movement is based on nothing but the ravings of a female developer’s ex-boyfriend and a level of misogyny that you’d find hard to credit existing in the Middle Ages, let alone the modern day.
And yet still some moderate gamers claim that GamerGate is a valid movement, that it’s vaguely stated goal to improve journalistic standards is important enough to ignore the threats of murder and rape as the actions of a vocal minority. They certainly are that but the sheer level of hatred immediately invalidates concerns over whether Game X has received too high a review score or not.
Where this outpouring of hatred has come from is certainly the most baffling part of the whole controversy. It’s tempting to suggest that gamers have become so bored and disenchanted with the last 12 months or so of releases that it’s literally driven them mad, but that risks trivialising the issue.
Taking a step back the real explanation is that this doesn’t really have anything to do with video games at all. After all, no well-known games or publishers have been named by GamerGate’s proponents and instead almost all the victims of their attacks are female developers, feminist commentators, and those that would support them.
Much of the abuse comes via Twitter and in that context GamerGate must merely take its place amongst the litany of other abusive campaigns. In this sense it’s easy to see GamerGate gate as having nothing more to do with video games than the harassment of Caroline Criado-Perez has to do with the literary appreciation of Jane Austen.
But unfortunately gaming is a perfect breeding ground for bigotry and misogyny, with its in-built tribalism, innumerable niches, and traditionally male audience. The concern often voiced by GamerGate proponents is that SJWs (social justice warriors – which, incredibly, is used as an insult) are attempting to pervert and alter the gamer identity, and to focus too much on non-traditional games and cultural criticism within reviews.
What the former is actually supposed to mean in practice is largely a mystery. The whole problem with this year in particular is that there have been too few non-traditional games, just the usual obscure indie releases and dull, predictable blockbusters. If the only attempts at big budget new franchises this year are Titanfall, Watch Dogs, and Destiny then describing them as non-traditional or pro-feminist propaganda is too ludicrous even for GamerGate.
Which brings us full circle to why 2014 is the worst thing to happen to video games since the industry crash of 1983. In short nobody is happy. While decades of studies has failed to find any connection between video games and real-world violence the general public now believe that GamerGate has provided all the evidence they need. Or certainly enough to colour their opinion of gaming for good.
GamerGate followers are furious about issues that seem to exist only in their own heads; while the ordinary, sensible gamers have much more prosaic concerns. All they want is for their hobby’s name not to be dragged through the dirt and for some decent games to play. Which may also be the only way out of the problem.
This year has had some great games after all: Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, and Dark Souls II may all be sequels but they’d be regarded as classics on even the most bumper of years. And there’s every reason to hope that forthcoming games such as Sunset Overdrive, Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, and others will also be good.
It might not be enough to turn around the year as a whole but at least it offers a chance to enjoy some new video games that offer the kind of imagination and excitement that is the reason people play games in the first place.
But while 2015’s release schedule should hopefully wipe away the memory of this year’s line-up the damage left by GamerGate will be not be so easy to repair. Especially not when the best advice to combat it is simply to try and be as nice as possible to other people, particularly when online.
That might sound like a trite pleasantry, but the fact that suggesting people be nice to each other is seen as simplistic and naïve is part of the problem. So next time you start typing out a hateful – or merely disrespectful – tweet, comment, or forum post try to remember that the person you’re insulting at the other end of the Internet isn’t just a username, they’re a real human being with feelings and heartfelt viewpoints of their own.
Rather than getting drawn into a spiral of virtual mud-slinging why not just leave Twitter alone for a while and go and play a video game instead? There might not be that many good ones this year but there’s nothing as exciting, unpredictable, imaginative, visceral, cerebral, or sociable as a good video game. And it’s easy to lose sight of that in what is definitely video gaming’s annus horribilis.
FIFA 15 Coins Secretary General Jerome Valcke has reaffirmed the commitment of world football’s governing body to help develop football in India.
Valcke was in Delhi on Tuesday to meet with the sports ministry ahead of the FIFA U17 World Cup that will take place in India in 2017.
And Valcke applauded the efforts of organisers of the inaugural Indian Super League for attracting marquee names such as Robert Pires, Freddie Ljunberg and Marco Materazzi to the sub-continent.
“What I would definitely like to say is that we at FIFA support any new event that will help to develop football in India or anywhere else in the world,” Valcke told Sky Sports.
“We thank all the private owners that are building teams in the ISL and bringing in stars from abroad because that is one way that you can bring that passion around the game.
“All of the fans in India know these stars who have played in Europe and different World Cups but we must also try and strike the right balance.
“In 2017, there will be the U17 FIFA World Cup here and that is definitely one big milestone in the organisation of the game of football in India.
“We must all work together in order to have one goal which is to develop football in India.”
Valcke was the guest of honour at the ISL’s third match, which pitted Alessandro Del Piero’s Delhi Dynamos against David Trezeguet’s FC Pune City.
The match finished goalless but Valcke was impressed by the fervent support for football in a country that is traditionally associated with cricket.
“Watching this game between Delhi and Pune was amazing because there was such a strong support from the 35,000+ people in the stadium,” he said.
“From what I understand the crowd in Kolkata (for the match between Atletico and Mumbai City on Sunday) was even bigger, something like 50,000 people.
“It shows that football not only has the potential, but is also now a reality in India.”
Entering it’s second week, the title shows no sign of slowing as it beats out single platform titles Super Smash Bros. and Forza Horizon 2.
Following on from yesterday’s 62.75% annual growth rate reveal, FIFA 15 has taken out the number #1 spot in both the Australian and New Zealand IGEA All Platform Charts for the second consecutive week.
NPD Group Australia has confirmed that the title has again shown continued growth, with the title boasting a sales increase of 59.69% for the first two weeks, compared to FIFA 14 in the same time period last year.
Nathan Lindberg, Vice President, Sales at Curse Gaming has also confirmed to MCV Pacific that their Futhead.com FIFA Community site has seen an increase of almost 300% in Australian Unique traffic year-on-year.
With the Week 41 charts expected next Monday, it will be interesting to see if FIFA 15 can hold off SEGA’s Alien: Isolation and Warner Bros.’ Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Electronic Arts Australia has revealed the massive increase to MCV Pacific today.
Following on from it’s debut at #1 in both Australia and New Zealand, EA has announced a massive 62.75% sales increase for FIFA 15 across Australia and New Zealand in it’s opening week, compared to FIFA 14 in the same time last year.
The result has been confirmed by NPD Group.
Arbie Artinian, EA Sports Label Marketing Manager for APAC, told MCV Pacific, “The growth of FIFA in Australia is testament to EA SPORTS commitment to delivering a high-quality game with significant innovations and improvements, year after year. Pivotal to the success and growth of FIFA is our player-first approach – listening to community, taking feedback on improvements in game-play, authenticity and modes.
“We’re dedicated to continually raising the bar every year and giving our Australian and New Zealand gamers the ultimate player experience.“
Its been a few weeks since the game got released, and here we have the 5 best FIFA 15 home kits to look out for. Fans who have already been following the new season would be having a fair idea about the kits of some of the top teams around the world, but let’s see if they make the cut.
League: Barclays Premier League
Everton have got themselves a very impressive kit this time around. They have stuck to their traditional blue stripes and Umbro returns as their shirt manufacturer with whom they enjoyed success in the past. The Tofees have shown a lot of ambition for this season by signing Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for a club record fee and with stars such as Samuel Eto’o, Gareth Barry, Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas to aid him, fans wouldn’t want to miss out on playing with Everton in the game.
#4. Atletico Madrid
League: La liga
The difference between last season and this season in the kit’s design for the reigning La liga Champions is the colour of the sleeve. Last time it was red completely, but this time around, there are also some large white spaces in between the vertical red lines. After losing out on the likes of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea, it will be a tough task for Atletico Madrid to repeat last season’s feats despite the fact that they have bought some decent replacements for the trio. But you can help them achieve it in the virtual world, and this classy kit will definitely pull you towards them.
#3. Club Universidad de Guadalajara
League: Liga MX
Club Universidad de Guadalajara, also known shortly as Leones Negros is the surprise package on this list. People may have mixed opinion about this kit, but you definitely can’t ignore it. Primarily it has red, yellow and black stripes on the shirt accompanied by black shorts and they ply their trade in the Mexican league.
#2. Borussia Dortmund
It remains to be seen what kind of an impact Ciro Immobile will be making at Borussia Dortmund replacing Robert Lewandowski, but there are no questions about the quality of the kit they have come up with for the new season, and it is going to look fabulous in the game. They have stuck to their traditional yellow and black colours. The yellow shirt has neat black stripes on the right side and is plain on the other side, and its the opposite in their sleeves with the stripes present only on the left side and not on the right.
And for a change, we have a national team and they are right on top of this apart from being the top of the World rankings. World Champions Germany showed us their impressive kit in the World Cup with a red stripe across their chest. The above picture is taken from the FIFA 14 World Cup edition game, but the kit looks the same in FIFA 15 as well. So do not wait any longer and look to replicate their success in the virtual world too.