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FIFA 17 by
published Tuesday, Oct 18th

UK Chart: FIFA 17 Remains First

FIFA 17 (-79%) remains steady at the top of the chart despite the most successful launch in the series for Mafia III at second. The third installation adds 58.7% over the launch of Mafia II.

Forza Horizon 3 (-71%) makes room by slipping to third ahead of Grand Theft Auto V (-1%) which flies six places thanks to retailer promotions.

Rocket League (-18%) is up three places to fifth, adding further displacement to Bioshock: The Collection (-43%) and XCom 2 (-40%), which drop two places to sixth and seventh respectively.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 also trips to eighth, but is ahead of Fallout 4 and Minecraft: Xbox Edition which arrive back in the top ten.

Other new releases include Paper Mario: Color Splash at fourteenth, Ride 2 is mid-table at twentieth and Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide slips into thirty-fourth.

FIFA 17 by
published Thursday, Oct 06th

UK Chart: FIFA 17 Flourishing At Launch

The launch of FIFA 17 is the most successful ever, leading it to the top of the chart. Up 18% over the launch of FIFA 16, it also surpasses FIFA 13 to top the previous series best. Xbox One hardware bundles cannot stop a 53% share of sales on the PlayStation 4.

At second, Forza Horizon 3 launches to pass Forza Horizon 2 by 12% to third in both the Motorsport and Horizon series.

Promotions boost LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (+127%) to third from ninth.

Following two weeks at the top, Bioshock: The Collection (-43%) falls from the top of the chart to fourth.

After a February PC release, the console release of XCom 2 ensures the re-entry hits the top five.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 drops to sixth ahead of Destiny: The Collection (-24%).

Rocket League and NBA2K17 land at eighth and ninth respectively.

Grand Theft Auto V completes the top ten.

The Gamebrit Podcast by
published Tuesday, Jun 24th

#001 — Universe’s Botanist

Britain’s soon-to-be favourite gaming podcast gets underway — Say hello to episode one of The Gamebrit Podcast!

Unsurprisingly, the Gamebrit team take to the mics to discuss, wait for it, videogames.

In episode one we chat about what we’ve been playing recently, the World Cup (of course), the return of the wallet-draining Steam summer sale and just whether anybody does (or should) really care about whether a game is 1080p and 60 frames per second.

You can subscribe to The Gamebrit Podcast via RSS, or via iTunes or Stitcher to make sure you never miss a future episode.

We’d love to read your feedback, so feel free to drop us a message via Twitter, our Facebook or by email at podcast@gamebrit.com.

Ty Walton by
published Wednesday, Jun 11th

Englishmen Compete for FIFA Interactive World Cup in Brazil

Two English competitors will look to bring home the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) from Rio de Janeiro this summer.

The gaming event, now in its 10th year, will see the Grand Final run alongside the FIFA World Cup in Brazil — marking the first time both the real and interactive events come together in the same time and place.

David Bytheway from Wolverhampton and Ty Walton (pictured) from Redditch are the two English gamers hoping to be crowned the best FIFA players in the world, challenging players from competing nations such as France and The Netherlands.

FIFA 13 Love by
published Tuesday, Oct 16th

FIFA 13 Behind 12% Of Recent Break-Ups

EA’s recently released FIFA 13 has been dominating the UK charts since its debut, but it also seems to have been dominating players attentions, resulting in a number of couples breaking-up.

FIFA’s annual release often causes a rise in disgruntled significant others who loose their partner to the allure of one of the years biggest releases. However, it would seem that some couples have lost their other-half’s for good.

FIFA 13 Messi by
published Wednesday, Aug 15th

EA Send Draft FIFA 13 Email In Error

A few hours before taking to the stage at Gamescom 2012, Electronic Arts (EA) sent out an email to avid FIFA fans giving them a sneak peek at a new trailer — however it seems the message went out just a bit too early, as it still contained some fairly obvious placeholder text.

FIFA 12 by
published Monday, Jan 30th

UK Chart: FIFA 12 Best Selling Sports Game In History

Marking six weeks at the number one spot, FIFA 12 becomes the best-selling sports game of all-time in the UK. This week the game manages to maintain its first place spot with a one percent increase in sales, withstanding tough competition from Modern Warfare 3, keeping EA’s football title as current best seller of 2012.

No new games enter the top five this week as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (down six percent) and Just Dance 3 (down seven percent) drop to accommodate Modern Warfare 3’s rise to second place (eight percent increase), while Battlefield 3 (up one percent) holds off to complete the top five.

Resident Evil: Revelations on the 3DS is the first successful release of the year and the seventh best launch the console has seen. The original Zumba Fitness (down seven percent) bests the sequel Zumba Fitness 2, which sees a fall of eleven percent, as the 505 Games titles hold seventh and tenth respectively.  THQ’s Saints Row: The Third drops to eighth, while Assassin’s Creed: Revelations benefits from price drops, jumping from twelfth to ninth resulting in a 54% sales increase. The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff is the only other new entry this week, debuting at 23.

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published Friday, Apr 30th

2010 FIFA World Cup Review

The FIFA games have long been established as juggernauts of sports games, developing more realistic character models and perfecting the control system for years through trial and error. The development of these games, as well as fans commitment, has well and truly established this franchise, allowing EA Sports to release a title every year to critical acclaim and excellent reviews. The last title in the series, FIFA 10 received glowing reviews, which included a nine out of ten here at Gamebrit.

The latest game in the series takes us into the World Cup setting rather than football leagues to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in South Africa this June.

For those new to FIFA games, the prospect of managing an 11-player team may seem daunting. However, the in-menu narrative guides players through all the different match types and how to play. There are several match types on offer.

‘Kick-Off’, can be found on most football titles. This match type allows you to have a one-off match with the computer, online or with a friend. There is also the actual tournament mode, which lets you decide which teams you want to play. Tournament mode also includes an incredible amount of interactivity when selecting teams and the pitch you want to play on. ‘Captain Your Country’ allows you to play as a created player or an established footballer as you rise the ranks to captain your team in the World Cup. The challenge mode called ‘Story Of Qualifying’ sees you trying to reach certain targets or goals in allotted times, or to a certain standard. There is also a penalty shoot out mode if you want to practice your technique or precision when scoring as well as a training mode for anyone looking to brush up on skills. Lastly, the scenario mode allows you to play out situations and games from previous world cups.

New players will want to try the ‘Kick-off’ mode first to test their level of skill and to also get to grips with the controls. After picking your team, you will be straight away thrown into a game. The immediate reaction is how clean and detailed the footballers look. Visually, this game is excellent and you’ll find yourself watching the replays of footballers scoring just through sheer intrigue of the visuals.

The control system is incredibly easy to use, yet versatile enough to adapt your own technique and style whilst playing. Despite the easy to use controls, you may find yourself struggling to win the matches, due to the level of skill needed to win requires persistence and practice. The computer characters are smart, and take the offensive if given the chance and take the defensive effectively if you advance towards the goal. They have real skills and aren’t just aimlessly running towards your player.

The online aspect of the game allows you to play in a league style system, where you gain points depending on wins and losses. Not only this, but you can play online with friends, which can be much more rewarding than playing against the game.

One of the other things that is surprising about this game is the quality of the soundtrack. With artists like Florence and the Machine, Basement Jaxx and Damian Marley contributing, it truly creates a vibrant atmosphere and fits in well with the multi-cultured theme of the game.

2010 FIFA World Cup has 199 out of the 204 national teams that actually took part in the qualifying process, making for a more realistic take on the proceedings. You also play the game in the genuine arenas that the real footballers will play in, come June. The level of detail and work gone into this game shows that this isn’t just a re-hash of FIFA 10 with national teams added. There are separate statistics, skills and weaknesses for each team.

Overall, there are no major flaws in this game and a fan of football games will definitely enjoy it. If you have never played a football game before, this is the perfect place to start. The nationality of the game makes it so you don’t have to be an expert in football to know what team to choose and the controls are easy to master in a few matches. Passion and emotion is what the world cup is about, and it seems that EA Canada know this just as much as anyone. Once again, they have successfully managed to make a game which is both a celebration of the sport and the event, whilst maintaining the high quality that the series has established itself as.

published Saturday, Nov 28th

FIFA 10 Review (PS3)

First Touch! Off the Ball! Target indicators for Free Kicks!!!! The back of the annual FIFA game case always fills any football fanatic up with both hope and dread. The story goes that ever year, EA chuck in some fancy few words in a vain attempt to persuade the generic football fan that their game is the best yet. Remember when FIFA 07 once said “This is the Season”. It wasn’t. Flash forward 3 years however… and it finally is. The truth is that Pro Evolution Soccer has faltered in previous years, going from being the purist’s choice like Christiano Ronaldo, to acting like Joey Barton being sent off in the opening minutes of a Tyneside derby. If last years FIFA and PES games were playing in a match, then FIFA 09 scored the winner in extra time, but this year, FIFA 10 has the potential to comfortably win 3-0 in normal time.

So what’s new? The big new feature this year is the 360-degree dribbling. Almost a godsend to everyone who plays football games and one that unlocks a new sense of freedom. This upgrade dramatically improves gameplay and allows for some brilliant, Arsenal like football. While in the past, football games felt restricted due to only allowing the player to run in predetermined directions, this new approach to dribbling makes that feeling of beating that last man even more satisfying. Of course there are one or two drawbacks, including the fact that if your winger receives the ball on the touchline, its difficult for them to keep the ball in play due to ball being harder to control. However, that is the case in real football, so why shouldn’t it be included?

Another big addition is the Be A Virtual Pro (BAVP) mode. Building on last year’s excellent Be A Pro Season (BAPS) mode, BAVP invites you to once again create a footballer to a design of your choice, place him in your favourite team and build him up to be the next best footballer in the world. In short, this is mode is brilliant. Unlike BAPS, for every game you play, online or offline you are rewarded points for certain objectives in a match. Whether it be scoring a goal, or perhaps performing skill moves round players, or maybe playing 10 match’s in the snow (another new feature, which is long overdue, but still a welcome addition) these objectives reward you with new customisations opportunities for you player like gloves or shirt designs as well as improving the skills of your creation. This adds a well-implemented, new dimension to an already great feature, adding almost a RPG element to the game and giving a sense of extra playability and longevity.

A past issue with the Be A Pro model of building a football superstar in previous FIFA titles was the tedium that set in after several games. Playing as only one player is fun for a time but eventually the monotony sets in due to nurturing just one player and not being able to be able to build a player while also progressing with a full club. Fortunately this years Virtual Pro lets you do exactly that and it’s great fun every step of the way. It’s also worth mentioning that BAPS does also return, but it’s less predominant and has the possibility in to be included in every other EA sports title out there. What’s more, if you head over to the EA sports website you can download what they are calling a ‘Gameface’. By uploading a picture on their website, you can have your face ‘scanned’ into the game to complete the feel of being an professional footballer. EA should be commended on a wonderful feature that is due to be expanded on in the future in future titles, as well as other EA games.

Manager Mode is still a big part of the FIFA package and once again it doesn’t disappoint. As with previous years, various small improvements have been made throughout but ultimately you still pick any team, work with them through tactics and go through the latest bargain windows. A new inclusion is the fact that there are two budgets to work with, a transfer funds budget, to search for the latest players, improve the squad, scout for new players or improving the training or the facilities, and a wage budget, which naturally allows you cast an eye over what you are allowed to spend in order to attract the world’s superstars. Sadly many bugs have been reported within the mode especially when it comes to players not accepting new contracts but hopefully a patch will shortly sort this out.

In terms of game play, a lot has been improved. From masses of new animations, to more freedom in physical play when it comes to challenging for the ball and better player urgency with your team mates calling for the ball more often. This makes it so refreshing and absorbing playing a ball to a player who is pointing to his feet or spooning a one-on-one with the goalie only to see your team jumping up and down in frustration. The play-on rule has also been improved and will irritate players less often. Sadly the referee will still have a tendency to cause frustration for his decisions on daft fouls. The shooting has seen improvements, although that can be sometimes seems unbelievable, especially when you end up hit the post 5 times in a match. That said, scoring that 35-yard screamer is certainly easier.

The commentary is very impressive, with Andy Gray and Martin Tyler banging on about the former glories days. From Manchester City’s silly spending spree, to a big derby between Liverpool and Manchester United. All of this history helps build the atmospheres and allows for a more enjoyable experience. The crowd also contribute to this by chanting everything from club anthems to England’s “God save the Queen” and when it comes together it makes you believe you’re part of a big match environment. The music, as with previous FIFA titles, is on the money once again, and with the likes of The Enemy and Wyclef Jean, guarantees it to be stuck up your head for weeks.

So is FIFA 10 worth another £40 pound? In truth, yes. It’s a very enjoyable game and with so many modes, trophies and BAPS achievements to unlock, you’ll be playing this past FIFA 11. It will frustrate in places due to bugs in the manager mode, the shooting proving to be utterly baffling on occasions and the CPU being virtually unbeatable on the Legendary difficulty, but ultimately EA have succeeded in producing another winner. From the great new modes to the introduction of Ultimate Team mode (due in January) and the updating of squads every week through Live season. FIFA 10 is poised to be the best football game out this year and now the pressure is on for Konami to see if they can get this to extra time.