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FIFA 14 covers the 2013/2014 football season time period. It is a video game made all about soccer, but it relates to how well one can play football and not just the team they select.
This was, at the time of its release, one of the most popular games. Furthermore, it was the first football game that released multiple game modes with it.
Personally, I enjoyed playing as Juventus and Belgium (I reached the top 10,000 on Xbox Live on the Xbox 360), as they have a large amount of quality, pace and power. Heading was quite a powerful element of the game, thus players such as Fernando Llorente and Didier Drogba were great to use. This suited my style of FIFA greatly.
The negatives, sadly, had to be the occasional bugs, especially those related to the goalkeeper. Furthermore, the referees are very inconsistent with their awards of fouls, caution cards and penalties.
Ultimate Team continued to let me down, as the idea is very cool but the game dynamics are very random, with a couple of hiccups made by EA when it came to the simple mathematics related to Divisions.
The next generation in a long line of FIFA games. I''ll be the first to admit, I was originally disappointed in this game, but it did grow on me just as the other games did too. Over the last few years, the game play and graphics have improved drastically and this is evident in FIFA 14, a step up from the previous game. CPU''s are more intelligent, there is a more realistic sense to the game and game modes are a step up from where they once were repetitive. The only downside to the game play is the atrocious Impact Engine, which will annoy you to no end as your players become injured through the weakest of tackles or even injure themselves on and off the ball. Never mind. You have 4 basic games modes, Kick Off, Career Mode (Player or Manager), Tournament Mode and Ultimate Team (Xbox Live required). Kick Off gets you straight into the action, pitching your favourite teams against your biggest rivals, against either CPU''s of 5 difficulties ranging from Amateur to Legendary or playing alongside 3 other friends offline. Career Mode places you in the shoes of your favourite club, player or manager. In manager mode, you can create your own squad, deal with the press and players who are uncomfortable with where they are, compete for titles and trophies in the biggest leagues worldwide, including the Spanish, Italian, German, French and of course, English leagues. You also have the opportunity to take the reins at your national team, leading them to continental or world cup success. As a player, fight your way into the first team as you try to impress the manager, developing as a player all the while. You can request loans and transfers away, just to spice up your career, before retiring to become a manager. Tournament mode is your classic FIFA game mode, setting up League or Knock-out tournaments and competing to win the prestigious trophy at the end. Ultimate Team is the major selling point of FIFA 14, despite the Xbox live requirement. Starting with a basic team of a few Bronze rated players, win matches and tournaments or seasons, earn match coins and enter the transfer market to trade players, kits, stadiums, managers, physios etc. You create your own squad to suit your needs, focussing on player rating, from Bronze to Silver and on to Gold, whilst trying to maintain a team chemistry rating of as close to 100 as possible. A downside the online game play would be the servers. EA are renowned for their less than acceptable servers, which will disconnect you from matches occasionally, always a struggle to play a match the whole way through. There are a few elements that should have been ironed out over the last few years that haven''t, but overall I honestly believe that each FIFA game has improvements and this one is certainly the most fun yet.
Fifa 14 by EA Sports is a simulation to the game of football, it allows you to control your favourite players from around the globe in a variety of game modes, varying from a 'kick off' match where you and a friend (if wanted) can each pick a team from various leagues around the world and jump straight in head-to-head. Other game modes include tournaments, seasons (both single player and online*) *-online on the xbox 360 & xbox One and Playstation 4 (PS4) require a paid membership in order to play other players through an internet connection.
Fifa ultimate team or FUT (for short) is a revolutionary game mode that EA Sports introduced a few years ago which allows gamers to build their own squad(s) with players purchased with coins or FIFA Points. It has sky rocketed in popularity and now today sees people from around the world spending real money in order to get their required footballers, FUT is a whole different take on the game and i must say it is a lot of good fun.
Fifa 14 overall is well made and good to play, the controls are pretty much the same to past years however with a few aspects tweeked to EA Sports' preference, for example: the passing in Fifa 14 is slightly different and must be performed with more care now. The graphics are very good and if you are wishing to buy the game and play it on NEXT GENERATION (XBOX ONE & PS4) consoles, i do admit the improvement is definitely noticeable, if you want to see the change for yourself you can probably find it by searching 'Fifa 14 next gen comparison' or something along those lines.
Fifa 14, whether bought for own use or as a gift is a great purchase, i myself have the game (Obviously) :) and i am more than happy with its variety of playing styles and mini-game like skill games to mix up the session. Without a doubt i will say that if its a football-simulation game you are after then no other games are on the market which come close to the quality, quantity and overall feel to this game.
FIFA 14 SERVERS:
Id just like to say finally that the servers in which connect you to FUT sometimes can be temperamental and disconnect you, even during games (--its happened to me multiple times :/).... im not sure if this is just on the xbox 360.
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Right, I will firstly name a few points that makes this game so dreadful (Mainly online will this apply)
1 - the keepers are so robotic and when a good shot is taken that a real keeper would have huge difficulty with, they will just tap it away as if it was nothing!
2 - Bi-est ratings, Fifa makes the Spanish league look like the best in the world, making average players have a rating fit for a legend, where as you have other players who are actually amazing in real life who deserve the good ratings, look awful, with an awful rating!
3 - Rip off for your money, you will spend a good 40-50 quid on this game YEARLY, with minimal adjustments and stupid adverts making you believe there has a been a huge difference between the latest, and the last. Also, if you are a fan of Ultimate Team, or want to try it, I advise you to keep away from it if you like seeing your bank account with money in it, they make it next to impossible to get the players you want, and encourage you to buy packs, which are only worth getting when you have real money put into it, as you will NEVER profit using coins! The reason you will spend loads? ITS VERY ADDICTIVE!! BEWARE!
4 - Season mode (Manager Mode), the slight problem with this game mode is the transfer list, the search engine for it is AWFUL, not being able to make your search very specific, and 90% of the time you won't even know the rating of the player you are wanting to buy!
Okay, time for the better news!
1 - If you want to truly enjoy the game without throwing your controller or savings away, I really advise you check out the "Be A Pro" mode, where you create your own players and choose what team you play for, if you choose a giant such as Manchester United or Real Madrid then you will be put on loan until you are good enough for first team play, or just sell you if you request them to. (I will say that they should really let you play for a teams reserves!)
2 - Skill games, now this is where you can increase your skills in the game, such as free kicks, dribbling, shooting, crossing and anything else you need to become a better player, these are fun and you will play them before any game that is not an online game, like exhibition matches against friends or a Be A Pro match.
I have probably been playing fifa games since 2002-2004, I do not remember the exact one so I would listen to me when I say that this game really is NOT what you would think it is!
The reason why FIFA won't improve the game much, is because they know no matter what they do, millions will buy the game! As long as they they change the ratings of players and continue to feature Ultimate Team, they will still make Millions every single year!
One issue that many people have with FIFA is that with just a year between every version, some find it hard to justify the expenditure for often small improvements. For me, however this is inconsequential for the amount of hours that I plough into the game. In terms of value for money, it always works out well for me.
I think that most people are aware of what FIFA is by now but just in case you have lived on Mars for the last twenty years, then it is a football simulator where you take charge of one team and control the players. There is also a mode where you can play as just one player but the weak and boring AI displayed on almost every FIFA has resulted in this often being a chore.
FIFA 14 includes the traditional career mode where you manage and control a team, Be A Pro mode where you are a single player in a team and can get sent out on loan to clubs etc. as well as the likes of kick off which is just a single game. It allows up to 4 controllers to be connected at once to your XBOX allowing for some great 2v2 action if you have some friends around and have plenty of spare controllers.
Graphically, I feel there has actually been a large improvement over FIFA 13 which many people may not agree with but after putting in FIFA 13 the other day, it just didn't seem quite as sharp. Gameplay wise, FIFA is fantastically fluid and outperforms any other football game out there. They have nerfed finesse shots considerably but appear to have buffed chip shots making these rather easy to score.
The online side of the game for FIFA is huge. Playing against someone from across the world and dominating them has never been so satisfying. There is the introduction of coop seasons where you can play with a friend who is at his house against two people elsewhere in the world but I have not tried this yet but can only assume it would be similar a standard 2v2 game. Pro Clubs is still present where you can form a club as a single player and recruit friends and play against other peoples pro clubs.
Ultimate Team being the now most popular game mode on FIFA deserves a paragraph of its own. It is similar to trading cards in the way that you acquire players through packs which can be bought for match-earned coins or through paying real money for them. You can then trade these players on the auction house and buy new players to improve your team before trying to work your way up the divisions starting from Div 10 and going all the way up to Div 1. This years is similar to last years and is still a great game mode which will keep you hooked.
Seasons is also a popular online game mode where you pick a real life club to play as and get matched against other teams and players from around the world playing for points to try and advance up your own personal division with a fixed number of points required to avoid relegation, achieve promotion and to win the league. With ten divisions to compete in, it take s a while to try and work your way up the divisions but really creates some intense games when you require just one point or a win to either stay up or to get promoted.
This FIFA also has new menus compared to the old clunky ones. I can definitely say that they are an improvement and seem a lot faster but you need to get used to them as everything appears to be in quite a random order but the last played game mode being the first option does make it very quick to get to your favourite game mode if you played it last and always play it.
Overall, I would strongly recommend this new FIFA 14 which you can pick up for around £30 now although I paid £40 on release day. The squad updates are always welcome and keeps you up to date with transfers when you can't follow them normally. The gameplay is better than ever with a fluid fast paced game flowing every time and the graphics are sharp.
EA Sports have been releasing FIFA video games since 1994, which is now 20 years ago, so therefore they would be experienced in the football (or soccer for those who are from the Americas) game industry. Ever since the move to the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles, EA have been quite productive in changing the face of FIFA and improvements are made every year, no matter how small to make it the game that we all love (or mostly hate, only if we lose!) to play whether it is by ourselves or with friends.
This year, EA have been vastly improving the game in all aspects. A big change is the dynamics in the shooting and dribbling departments. Coupled with real ball physics, it makes every goal scored more satisfying because each one is quite unique to the person who is controlling the players. From personal experience, I found that goals scored in games previous to FIFA 14 were too much of the same, and it would be quite annoying after a while if I couldn't cut out goals which I know easily were going to happen. This year, however, I must admit that the shooting is much better and that overall it makes the game a lot better in the aspect that the player can now score a variety of goals rather than the same ones every time. The dribbling has also been improved and the player cannot quickly turn at speed without slowing down, something which hindered previous FIFA games considering how easy it was to run in one direction and change quickly, something which only few footballers can do in real life and which has been replicated in the game.
However, it's not all brilliant, the game has severe issues in terms of freezing which shouldn't technically happen at all considering the vast processing power given to the developers and also Career Mode has seemed to be pushed aside for other game modes such as Ultimate Team which is unfair on those who do not normally play online.
All in all, the game is fantastic and has been well improved especially with EA listening to customer feedback.
Wow. Every year I rush to my nearest supermarket to purchase FIFA on the day of it's release, hoping beyond hope that it will live up to the expectation and hype surrounding each release. Needless to say once again EA sports have raised the bar in terms of football games. Player motion is slick and easy to control whilst boasting the freedom to play the game how you want it. The ultimate team feature is once again excellent, as well as the improved career mode option, with new features and changes to managing your team. Also this year is the new feature Co-op seasons. A refreshing new mode which brings a nw element of social gaming and enjoyment to FIFA.
Costing me around £40 I believe FIFA 14 is great value for money, a game which can never get boring for an avid football fan like myself. A professional football game with plenty of features, leaves opposition games biting the dust. Yeah, that's you PES.