Excerpt: With annual updates, the developers must feel as if it’s a rather big challenge to get you to buy a game in a particular franchise every single year. The FIFA series is a good example of this. With that said, is there any real reason as to why you should make the upgrade to FIFA 14 over last year’s release other than the fact that it has updated player squads?
Summary: It’s been five games since I’ve spent any significant time with FIFA, and whilst there are some noticeable improvements, many of the most glaring issues from previous games still stick out. The game moves more naturally for the most part, but there’s still plenty of robotic animations, idiotic AI and terrible commentary.
Summary: FIFA 14 is a big and varied game, the kind of experience that can keep a dedicated fan of the series and of football occupied for months even if he never meets another human being in order to launch a multiplayer match or engage in an Ultimate Team battle.
Conclusion: FIFA 14 seems to have left its revolutionary stage, which peaked with the version of the game that launched two years ago. EA Sports is at the moment more interested in keeping its player base satisfied with plenty of incremental improvements and in making sure that the Ultimate Team mode remains addictive and continues to provide revenue year round.
Excerpt: Any worries I had about this year's FIFA are but a memory . 14 is very good. It feels different, and while it may not necessarily be superior, it easily matches its predecessor's quality. Unlike FIFA 13, strength takes greater emphasis over speed - this feels like a slower, more considered affair.
Excerpt: I’m a bonafide soccer fanatic and a loyal fan of the FIFA series. Having set up those credentials, I can’t quite put my finger on what is off target with this year’s annual installment. Don’t get me wrong, FIFA 14 is a fantastic soccer sim that I’ll be playing until this time next year (as I do every year). Maybe my reticence is because the last couple of versions were astonishing in what was new, and this year’s edition doesn’t take any major leaps forward.
FIFA 14 Review: Polishing an already stellar experience
24 September 2013
Excerpt: FIFA 14 , at least on current-gen consoles, is not the next big step for the EA Canada developed soccer franchise. Rather, it seems like almost like the studio polished the already innovative features they introduced with its predecessors: new physics in FIFA 12 and First Touch Control in FIFA 13 .
Excerpt: , a series that has very much raced out of the gate and dominated—its own sport at first, then the wider landscape of sports games in general—the better part of the cycle, maybe now is the time when the option that makes the most business and creative sense is to play it safe and save its bullets for next gen consoles.