FIFA 14 is finally out – and fans have been rushing to get their hands on the latest football video game.There were midnight launches across the country, with stores ordering in hundreds of copies of the game.
But is this the best football game on the market?
The Metro agree, saying that the game does not quite have enough new features to justify a new release. “It’s often difficult to come up with new features to justify [an annual release].
“This year’s FIFA 14 finds it particularly difficult, but it’s hard to argue that makes it any less enjoyable to play.”It reaches a plateau where it’s hard to see what else it can really do.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom – some of the new features are a big improvement, particularly ball control.”The new Pure Shot feature works very well with the new ball physics and animation system, so that timing, positioning, and anticipation all become of equal importance in terms of getting a shot on target.”
For the Daily Telegraph, the improved gameplay is impressive.
They like the increased control over the ball, and the detailed actions that your player can now execute.
“The combined effect of these changes – and combined is right, as they form an interdependent flow of gameplay – is that FIFA 14 feels more noticeably different to its predecessor than the last two or three games.”At its best FIFA 14 offers truly exciting final-third action, with considered changes of direction combining effectively with the new ability to hold off challengers and pivot on the ball to make picking passes and angles to break down defences unusually satisfying.”
The Huffington Post think the game is a big improvement on last year’s offering: “It is obvious Fifa 14 is an improvement immediately after you select your preferred language.”
They are disappointed with the free kick system, however, and yearn for a return to 2003: “Free-kicks are still too dull.”It would be nostalgic and shrewd of EA if they took a leaf out of FIFA 03′s book, when you could aim with a crosshair before attempting to hit the green spot (much alike taking penalties on this decade’s games) on something that resembled Sky Sports’ cricket rev counter.”
However, GQ think that realism is a big improvement: “In short, if FIFA 13 was a sunny Saturday at the Camp Nou, FIFA 14 is the proverbial wet Wednesday night at Stoke, and that’s no bad thing.”
Their reviewer wants the gaming experience to be as realistic and intense as actually being out on the pitch in the rain. And he seems pretty happy with what FIFA 14 offers.”FIFA 14 feels a lot closer to realistic. It’s less ‘the beautiful game’, and more of what you see in the Premier League weekend: a hard-tackling, unpredictable, hugely exciting spectacle.”
No score given
FIFA 14′s only five star review came from Digital Spy, who do not think the lack of progression is an problem for EA: “the need to reinvent FIFA 14 is less of an issue for EA Sports, who have instead opted to tweak and refine the action on the pitch and options away from it.”
They are impressed by the improvments that have been made, however: “visuals are cleaner, smoother and more colourful than before. In addition, the game appears to be less bug-ridden, and the physics engine is more refined with players less likely to fall over each other.”FIFA 14 is the most complete virtual footballing experience available today. Whether in single or multiplayer, there’s enough to keep fans busy well into the new football season and beyond.”
FIFA 14 has released it’s new poster showing Bale in Madrid jersey. Looks like the bug has been fixed.
The game is expected to be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 24, 2013 in North America and September 27, 2013 for other regions. It will be released on next-generation systems PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita – and on devices running Android and iOS operating systems. It has been announced that the game will be free for the iOS and Android platforms. A demo of the game will be released worldwide on September 10, 2013, two weeks before the launch of the full game, on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
GAME is to open 300 stores nationwide at midnight in order to sell FIFA 14 as early as possible on September 27.
The Demo game was released yesterday (September 10th), for those who can’t wait to get a hold of it.