In this week's gaming update, FIFA 14 adds to its list of football clubs, WWE 2K14 gets a lift from a legend, and the debate about whether an internet connection is required for Forza 5 is settled.
FIFA 14 to Include 19 Brazilian Clubs
EA Sports has secured licenses for FIFA 14 from 19 Brazilian clubs, including Botafogo, Cruzeiro, Flameno and Palmeiras. Because the league in Brazil differs from the English Premier League, EA had to negotiate separate deals with each team. And although FIFA 13 included at least 20 Brazilian teams, not all of them were official. The teams this time around will come with authentic kits, club names, crests and players.
"For all our fans that support and enjoy Brazilian football, this will only add to the authentic FIFA experience they enjoy, and the additional clubs will bring undiscovered players from Brazil into the FIFA Ultimate Team universe," said FIFA head David Rutter.
FIFA 14 will be released on Xbox 360 and PS3 on Sept. 24. EA Sports still hasn't announced release dates for the Xbox One and PS4.
WWE 2K14 Gets a Tune-Up
With WWE 2K14's release date three months out, 2K Sports has started releasing details about the game. Recenty, we learned that fans who pre-order will get the Ultimate Warrior as a playable character. The legendary fighter has had a testy relationship with the WWE since leaving in 2008, so his inclusion comes as a bit of a surprise. First looks at the new version point to improved mechanics. 2K didn't go for a complete makeover this year, deciding instead to fine-tune tools already in place. Look for improved speed, a few new moves and the ability to assault more than one opponent with moves like Attitude Adjustments, Shell Shocks and Chokeslams.
WWE 2K14 will hit shelves on October 29. Thus far, the only confirmed wrestlers on the roster are Macho Man, Randy Savage, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, Shawn Michaels and Dolph Ziggler.
Forza Motorsport 5 Will Not Require Day 1 DLC to Work
Despite releasing a statement last week suggesting that Forza 5 would not work without a one-time Internet download on Xbox Live, Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt has since released another statement clarifying his position.
"This download is simply additional cars and tracks," Greenawalt told IGN. "The gameplay is not blocked while downloading the additional content; it's done in the background just like disc install."
That does not mean the DLC isn't needed. These vehicles are necessary for a player to make any meaningful progress in career mode. "The player won't be blocked from playing the game," Greenawalt added. "But deeper areas in the career mode were designed to utilize these additional cars and trucks."
Gamers will need an online connection for Drivatar learning, since the training takes place in real time. Fresh out the box, you'll be "racing against Drivatars that are contained on the disc and were trained by the [Turn 10 development] team."
Forza Motorsport 5 will be released as an Xbox One launch title in November.
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