Summary: A rash challenge from Per Mertesacker sees my Arsenal side concede a last-minute penalty. Bitter rivals Manchester United have one final chance to draw the game, and who else but Robin Van Persie steps up to take it.
Pros: Improved player movement makes for more enjoyable, less predicable matches, The most realistic crowds and stadium details ever seen in a football game, Fantastic animations and graphics, A more emotionally engaging football experience
Cons: No Tournament mode, Fewer options for local co-op
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.
Summary: FIFA 14 is a fun game and will appeal to football fans as the classic style of gameplay, aside from the frenetic tempo of the matches, largely remain and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat still tastes as sweet as ever; it’s just a shame that it all feels so familiar.
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...
Summary: Thanks to the gameplay changes alone, FIFA 14 is an essential purchase for any football gaming fan. It feels so different that it may even gain back long-term fans lost along the way, though there’s also a risk that EA Sports might lose a few for the same reasons.
Conclusion: Concept: Tweaks in multiple areas give you new things to think about, even if they don’t constitute large-scale change
Graphics: No big visual improvements, though fewer weird fall-down animations help
Sound: The commentary does a good job highlighting your team’s recent form, and having different...
Excerpt: Here’s a slice of real football 101 that the FIFA series knows all too well. Some parts of a soccer team are more interchangeable than others. For instance, wingers can be switched at will, right-backs can deputise as slightly wonky left-backs, even a lumbering center-half can be pushed up front in...
Pros: Stunning presentation and attention to detail, More varied and more attractive goals, Expanded career mode with better scouting
Cons: Stodgy midfield battles, Movement is stuttery and clumsy, Player errors take control from your hands