Excerpt: I just love soccer. I played for a good part of my life and have watched it religiously. I still have a large library of games on VHS and DVD including USA’s only win over Brazil. I have MLS, National Team, Futsal, beach soccer, and old Major Indoor Soccer League games. It’s a beautiful game in all its forms. Now in mid-life, I have been relegated from being a player to the sidelines either photographing or coaching whenever I can.
Conclusion: FIFA 14 on next-gen consoles is a love letter to soccer fans. They get the best of both worlds — incredible game play built on top of amazing visuals that can only be replicated on this new generation of consoles.
Excerpt: EA Sports has made vast improvements with FIFA 14 on next-gen consoles which makes the experience better than ever before. FIFA 14 manages to create a realistic soccer simulation that has players moving and behaving like their real-world counterparts within a stadium full of dynamic life. FIFA 14 has saw many fundamental changes that includes the ability to shift direction alongside intricately vivid graphics.
Excerpt: It seems that every year a new FIFA game comes out, reviewers all say, "There's no way EA can make FIFA any better." Sooner or later, the game's going to hit a plateau or, possibly worse, fall into the same cycle Madden did and become a rehashing of the same game year after year. The thing is, FIFA hasn't succumbed to either of those two pitfalls, and it seems EA Canada won't be satisfied until the plateau it hits is pure perfection.
Conclusion: Because FIFA 14 has been playable on the Xbox 360, the PC and the PlayStation 3 since the last days of September, some players have played many seasons with their favorite clubs, Ultimate Team squads that they have patiently developed and other advancements that they are unwilling to abandon for the lure of improved performance.
Pros: + New Ignite engine features, + Smoother match experience, + Legends for Ultimate Team
Cons: - Some modes have been dropped, - No restart option for individual matches
Conclusion: FIFA's first outing on next-gen is a solid effort that isn't likely to disappoint the casual or hardcore FIFA fan. Between the two, the Xbox One version includes voice command support via Kinect and legendary players in Ultimate Team, so I give it a slight edge as otherwise the gameplay is identical.
Conclusion: Overall, FIFA 14 is a great soccer simulation game. It took some of the things that people didn’t like from the old game, and updated them to accommodate new audiences while making it easier to play and delivering new options to expand the experience. Granted, this game is not a major departure from what the series has done in the past, but there are several major improvements that make this a better game than it was last year.
Not too different from last year, but a stellar soccer sim.
Common Sense Media
30 September 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that FIFA 14 , like its predecessors, is a family-friendly soccer simulation that aims to recreate professional soccer. Other than some branding and unmonitored online voice chat, there isn't anything to be concerned about.