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?
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 commentators for the international matches is a nice touch
Playability: The modifier button for special moves now initiates the body-shielding mechanic
Entertainment: FIFA 14...
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: There's a change of pace about FIFA 14 that can be a little jarring at first. Those long-used run-and-gun attacks up the center of the pitch so beloved by FIFA players are met here with a steely wall of defence and a disheartening counterattack. This is a slower, more considered take on football that rewards careful buildup play and thoughtful strategy over brash tactics, and boy is it all the better for it.
Pros: Slower pace and physics tweaks reward considered attacks, Much improved AI performs slick runs and boxes in attackers, New menus look great and are far better organized, Smooth animations make the game look more lifelike than ever before, OVR finally masked to encourage player scouting
Cons: Visuals still look a little too clean, Single-player modes beginning to age, despite some much-needed tweaks