Women’s National Teams to Kick Some Balls in FIFA 16
The fall release of EA Sports’ FIFA 16 is fast approaching – and today, the publisher has announced a historic first for the beloved soccer franchise. This latest annual installment will feature the addition of a dozen Women’s National Teams to the roster. Women’s teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and USA have all made the cut, and they will be playable across FIFA 16’s many modes, such as Kick Off and Online Friendly Matches. Like the rest of FIFA 16, these top-ranked, world-class teams feature amazingly detailed likenesses, realistic animations, real-world-derived player attributes, and fluid player movements. The game’s motion capture was helped along with the support of four top players from the USA Women’s National Team: Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe.
Xbox at E3 2015
With E3 just a few short weeks away, we’re excited to start sharing some of our plans for the gaming industry’s biggest showcase. Today, we’ve announced that the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing will take place Monday, June 15, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2015 and beyond. You can stream the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing live beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT on June 15 on Xbox.com, via the Xbox Live Events Player, on Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles and on Windows Phone globally. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing during “Xbox: Game On” on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT.
Cast Your Madden NFL 16 Cover Vote
The action-packed 2015-2016 football season is on the horizon, and that means it’s time to start getting excited about EA’s Madden NFL 16. But, most pertinently, that means it’s time to cast your vote for this year’s Madden cover athlete! It’s one of the highest honors in the NFL, and – as usual – the ultimate winner is up to fans like you. This year’s Madden cover semifinalists are Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants wide receiver), Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver), Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots tight end), and Patrick Peterson (Arizona Cardinals cornerback).
Make Room for Three Great Games in May
It’s not quite time for summer vacation, but May is a time for sunny days, warm weather, and plenty of great gaming courtesy of Games with Gold. In May, Games with Gold is adding CastleStorm: Definitive Edition, an awesome tower-defense brawler mashup title, for free, as well as extending Pool Nation in Games with Gold for another month on Xbox One. On the Xbox 360 front, two great games are coming free in May: Mafia II, a third-person action game that immerses players in the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia in the 1940’s and 50’s, and F1 2013, a realistic, open-wheel racing sim. As usual, all games are available only for a limited time*, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is Unlike Anything Else
“I really liked Dark Souls... what other games out there are like it?” It’s a question that eventually, inevitably pops up in online Dark Souls discussions everywhere. Given this week’s Xbox One release of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, I expect the suggestion threads to start anew, once folks get their hands dirty with the super-special-edition-plus-downloadable-content-and-enemy-rebalancing edition of developer From Software’s landmark action-role-playing game. But today, I’m here to save you a lot of time and energy on the issue: Nothing else is like Dark Souls. Nothing. I understand the impulse. “I quite enjoyed this experience, and I want more like it, so what other games can scratch that same itch?” people ask. And I watch as others try to fill in the blanks with other games – often very good games, make no mistake – that seem to cleave close to Dark Souls’ very hardcore narrative and gameplay sensibilities. But when you break down exactly what Dark Souls is, and how it uniquely fuses the things that make up this particular “is,” you’d be hard-pressed to find other games that (again, awesome as they may be on their own terms) achieve that specific alchemy.