The biggest sports games for PC and console - 2013 - PC Retail

The biggest sports games for PC and console - 2013

A look at the biggest sports games this year
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As winter approaches, we take a look at the best new sports games that let your customers play indoors without having to freeze outside.

FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014(pictured)
SRP: £44.99
PUBLISHER: Sega
PLATFORMS: PC, Mac, Linux, Vita (Football Manager Classic 2014)
RELEASE DATE: Out now
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
THEY SAY: Football Manager 2014 is available on Linux for the first time. Inclusion of ‘cloud-saving’ means that managers can pursue a single career from any computer, anywhere in the world, while Steam Workshop integration makes it easy to create and share customised content. Also present is an improved 3D match engine – the best looking and fastest Match Engine yet. There’s improved interaction with players, staff and the media, plus boards offer better feedback and immersion.

F1 2013
SRP: £29.99 (PC), £49.99 (PS3/360), £59.99 (Classic Edition, PS3/360)
PUBLISHER: Codemasters
PLATFORMS: PC, PS3, 360
RELEASE DATE: October 4th
DISTRIBUTOR: Advantage
THEY SAY: Features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 FIA F1 World Championship, as well as all the updated rules, tyre changes and remodelled handling to reflect the exhilaration and challenge of 2013’s roster. Experience classic content in brand new game modes, including one introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker.

WWE 2K14
SRP: £49.99
PUBLISHER: 2K Games
PLATFORMS: PS3, 360
RELEASE DATE: November 1st
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: This features a 30 Years of Wrestlemania mode, a progressive single-player mode featuring iconic matches and spanning three decades of WWE history, plus customers can pre-order it to receive the Ultimate Warrior free. Also available is WWE 2K14 Undertaker Phenom Edition, which comes in a tin coffin box and includes signed art, an exclusive Undertaker ‘American Badass’ playable character, a controller skin and a DVD.

FIFA 14
SRP: £54.99 (PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox
One), £44.99 (Vita), £39.99 (PC, Wii)
PUBLISHER: EA PLATFORMS: PC, PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One, Wii, Vita
RELEASE DATE: Out now
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
THEY SAY: The Xbox One and PS4 versions of FIFA 14 will harness the power of next-gen consoles: Pro Instincts will make all players to react instinctively with human-like reaction times, the world inside the stadium will come alive as a living world with stunning accuracy and visuals, hundreds of new skills and behaviours, and new Chemistry Styles offer player customisation.

ASHES CRICKET 2013
RRP: £44.99 (PS3, 360, Wii U), £19.99 (PC) PUBLISHER: 505 Games
PLATFORMS: PC, PS3, 360, Wii U
RELEASE DATE: November
DISTRIBUTOR: Advantage
THEY SAY: Ashes Cricket 2013’s brand new engine will be the ultimate companion to the live action, with game modes capturing the passion and excitement of live matches. Features include totally dynamic gameplay, ‘Live Pitch’ with changing weather and light conditions, plus 360-degree control.

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FOOTBALL DIRECTOR 2014
SRP: £9.99
PUBLISHER: Excalibur Publishing
PLATFORMS: PC RELEASE DATE: Out now
DISTRIBUTOR: Contact Sales, Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Choose any of 320 clubs from leagues across England, Scotland and Europe and get ready to take your team to cup glory. Select realistic plays, train your team at squad and individual levels and review the latest player statistics for the 2013/2014 football season – updated via patches throughout the season. After customising formations, positions, player roles and match day tactics, watch the match in real-time with full control or auto-resolve for quick play.

GRAN TURISMO 6
SRP: £51.99 (Standard Edition), £69.99 (Anniversary Edition)
PUBLISHER: Sony
PLATFORMS: PS3
RELEASE DATE: December 6th DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
THEY SAY: The latest release in PlayStation’s best-selling ‘real driving simulator’ franchise. Race over 1,200 cars, from historic models to modern-day cars from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti. Take the cars for a spin around 33 tracks of varying terrain, including seven brand-new tracks, one of which is the prestigious Silverstone Circuit. The new course marker feature will generate original tracks from a cache of several kilometres worth of geometry.

PES 2014
SRP: £49.99 (PS3/360), £29.99 (PC)
PUBLISHER: Konami
PLATFORMS: PC, PS3, 360
RELEASE DATE: September 20th
DISTRIBUTOR: Open
THEY SAY: From the moment football fans pick up the controller and experiment with the close control, player movement and get to know how teams work and move, they will see a game no longer limited by technology, but capable of growing with them and constantly surprising, with the breathtaking quality they have to come to expect from the real thing. PES 2014’s TrueBall Tech centres around how it moves. The game’s innovative Combination Play lets players set up different tactics in key areas. Plus, the Motion Animation Stability System (M.A.S.S.) simulates vital bodily contact between players.

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FORZA MOTORSPORT 5
SRP: £49.99 (Standard Edition), £59.99 (Limited Edition)
PUBLISHER: Microsoft Studios
PLATFORM: Xbox One
RELEASE DATE: November
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: Forza 5 is a cinematic automotive journey starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks. Drivatar technology means you never race alone, by creating an ever-evolving network of ready-to-race opponents with human behaviour. The cloud learns your preferred cars and paint schemes and allows the best custom content to find you.

MADDEN NFL 25
SRP: £54.99 (PS4/Xbox One), £49.99 (PS3/360)
PUBLISHER: EA
PLATFORMS: PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One
RELEASE DATE: Out now (PS3/360), November (PS4/Xbox One)
DISTRIBUTOR: CentreSoft
THEY SAY: With ten times the visual detail, four times the texture resolution and far higher animation fidelity of past games, Madden NFL has never looked so real. Player Sense unlocks the human element – players scan the field, anticipate situations and manoeuvre with awareness, using their ability to make up to 50 times more contextual decisions.

MARIO & SONIC AT THE SOCHI 2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
SRP: £TBA
PUBLISHER: Nintendo
PLATFORMS: Wii U, 3DS
RELEASE DATE: November
DISTRIBUTOR: Open
THEY SAY: Join Mario, Sonic and friends as they team up and compete in events at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Realistic events include curling, figure skating and snowboarding, which makes its Olympic debut in Sochi. In addition to real events, Dream Events from the worlds of Mario and Sonic allow players to perform dynamic moves not possible in real life.

NBA LIVE 14
SRP: £54.99
PUBLISHER: EA
PLATFORMS: PS4, Xbox One
RELEASE DATE: Q4 2013 (PS4), TBA (Xbox One)
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: The next edition of the NBA franchise utilises the EA Sports Ignite engine made for high-end sports titles. BounceTEK physics technology unlocks the full potential of the dribble, while CourtQ powers each player with unique statistics and tendencies. The game is kept fresh with NBA Live World, which delivers new content, challenges and experiences to players.

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