Reviews for FIFA 14 (NA)


Its the little things

riseup | March 10, 2015 | See all riseup's reviews »

The next-gen version of FIFA boasts a new engine called “Ignite.” The current gap between the two versions on the previous generation and this one is for now, superficial. FIFA is the precedent of soccer games and this year is no different. Ultimate Team is there, Online Seasons, Tournaments and more. If you were an early adapter then your progress carries over to the new generation of games. Ignite brings livelier crowds, better replays and better AI response during play. The new hardware helps everything look smoother, crisper and a lot more realistic. With that being said, players still seem lifeless and react and move in robotic ways when celebrating, or subbing on. With the beefy boost to hardware, FIFA 14 has never looked better; however this applies to replays and the game introductions. When in the moment and playing a match, you can easily forget that you’re playing on next-gen hardware, as it feels just as if you were playing on your PlayStation 3/ Players react better to passes and make much realistic movements thanks to Precision Movement, a feature that recreates dynamic actions of the real-world counterparts. You can see the players shift, cut and plant themselves in much more believable ways, realistic momentum, finally! A classic match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, I was cutting through the centre until I was caught in a defensive wall that I couldn’t push past – finding myself at a loss, I saw Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo both keeping pace with me, allowing for a cross pass and a rocket shot from Bale. All without an offside call because the AI could finally predict what my play was going to include. Dribble control feels the best it has ever been and can really help when trying to keep possession of the ball. With dribbling and added precision movements getting through your opponents can be much easier and with added Pure Shot mechanics you can create beautiful plays that feel so damn good. Having Ronaldo, Messi, Bale, Ibrahimovic being able to send a rifling shot to the back of the net is one of he most satisfying things you can accomplish when in the moment. Continuing from my PS3, I brought over my highly lauded Ultimate Team, and felt the urge to slowly begin putting together an all-star team. Everything carried over from my FIFA 14 copy on PS3, but I’m a bit disappointed that still EA Sports hasn’t given PlayStation followers the Legends edition of Ultimate Team. Skill games are better than last year’s introduction and add so much depth the game. By playing these and aiming for gold on all challenges you are learning the tricks and skills to play better against your opponents. The fundamentals of succeeding in FIFA are in the skill games, and end up making you a far better player in the long run. While the game looks great and the little tweaks here and there add for a great addition to the yearly franchise, I still think the leap from last year to this year isn’t warranted. With this in mind, these touches to the gameplay do make for a fun induction to the series and can say that FIFA 14 is still an excellent game. I just expected something more from the generation jump.


Still A Solid Game

mrminecrafter1 | July 27, 2014 | See all mrminecrafter1's reviews »

FIFA 14 is not a game-changing game. That doesn't make it bad though. It is still pretty solid with more minor improvements to the overall core of the game. Physics are absolutely fantastic but it does kinda like to make the weirdest movements such as a celebration that looks like a kiss. Controls are better with a controller because of the analog stick's precision, which is necessary to play the game more comfortably. Graphics are fantastic and are one of the best looking sports game on the PC market. A wide range of modes that are actually good is also a nice addition. The only real problem is the technical issues. Occasional screen tearing is my number one problem and also a dip in framerate once in a while. Otherwise, it is still a solid soccer game that is one of the best in the PC market.


Not Much Difference

chataolauj | Jan. 19, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »

This game isn't much of difference from FIFA 14, but that's typical of a sports game. I think it's much hard to control players in FIFA 14, but that's probably because they're trying to make it as realistic as possible. For example, if you're attempting to pass back while your back is still turned towards the person you're passing to then you're gonna fall down. In FIFA 13, when you pass back while your back is turned towards the person, then the player hardly ever falls down. Also, players that you're not controlling in FIFA 14 seem to have a hard time getting open. I don't know if that's just based on the settings, or the game is set up like that. Only buy this if you don't have FIFA 12 or 13.


Another great game from EA Canada!

themy94 | Nov. 6, 2013 | See all themy94's reviews »

Fifa 14 continues to improve the franchise's weaker aspects while innovating some of the core game modes such as Career Mode, Ultimate Team, and Coop Season. *Gameplay -Most noticeable change regarding gameplay must undoubtedly be and Real Ball Physics. With Real Ball Physics, the ball feels much more realistic in regard to the way it spins and curves as well as its trajectory. Players who use manual shooting will have a great time choosing the best angle and power to beat the goalkeeper. -Another stand-out improvement is the Precision Movement. Precision Movement will (according to EA) take into account a broader range of elements in the game to make the players on the pitch move and interact with each other in a more believable fashion. For example: when a winger is rushing down the side, if he stops abruptly or does a fake shot, you will be able to see momentum pulling him toward the direction he was running. New players may not notice this mechanic but returning veterans will be happy to see that the game is taking realism seriously *Game modes -Career mode continues to see improvement in the scouting system as well as more streamlined menu. Clubs. The most noticeable change is the new scouting system. Right at the start of the game, you will be able to hire a number of scouts (depending on your team’s financial capabilities) to search for young talents all over the world. Scout will have their own criteria (set forth by you) in their search for new talents. What’s change is that many of the scouted players’ overall stats are not displayed until they are on your club. Therefore, you have to either go with your gut or rely solely on your scout’s expertise. Another big change is the new menu. Information about calendar, league table, scout network and much more is displayed in a very efficient way. -Ultimate Team This year's Ultimate Team will see deeper chemistry system being implemented as well as better tutorial for new players. You will be able to further customize your players with Chemistry Style such as Sniper (improve shooting and dribbling) Players will also have Loyalty with acts as bonus to chemistry. Players gained from packs will already have Loyalty whereas players bought on the transfer market will have to play 10 games before they can have Loyalty. These new features will have you spent hours trying to come up with the best possible lineup, and that's what makes Ultimate Team so addictive. -Co-op Season Co-op Season is a welcome addition in Fifa 14. Friends can now play cooperatively in 2v2 matches online while trying to gain promotion to the next division. This is what was missing in Fifa 13 and it's a shame that it was left out. Playing coop with a friend, especially if you have voice chat is a ton of fun. However, expect the connectivity to be unstable or even unplayable. *Graphics In current generation, PC continues to take the lead. The game run smoothly and look gorgeous on entry level gaming system (AMD A10-5800k with Radeon 7770). However, it is only a slight improvement over Fifa 13's graphics so don't expect too much *Price Price is another great pro for Fifa 14. The PC version retails for only $40, that’s $20 less than the console versions. If you’re lucky (and smart) enough to pre order through GMG, you will also receive $8 credits which effectively brings the price down to $32. That’s a very small amount considering how many hours you will be playing this game *Why it's not 100? The game will occasionally run into glitches (I have yet to see any personally). Furthermore, there are not a lot of people playing online, at least compared to other platforms. In Ultimate Team, I spent almost 20 minutes before finding an opponent. In Pro Club, there are, at times only 43 people playing. Another letdown is the exclusion of the Ignite Engine in Fifa 14 PC. *Conclusion There are many features that are not discussed in this review such as Teammate Intelligence or Pure Shot. While they are good addition to the game, its effects are quite arbitrary and at time not noticeable. So should you buy it? Without a doubt, yes! There’s no reason not to experience the beautiful game both on the big screen as well as your desktop. Fifa 14 will have you spent countless hour formulating the best lineup for the Champions Cup final, managing your club’s finance in order to pull off the signing of the season or just having plain, simple fun with your friends in Pro Clubs.


Another year, another release

lok0812 | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

This is one of those sports title that gets release once every year with little innovation and new things to add in each installment and this is the same as FIFA 14 but that doesn't make it a poor game because the game itself has been very solid and so is this entry. First the game no longer require you to learn the skills so you will be up and ready to go as soon as you start. If compared to the older installment of the game then this latest entry is definitely more polished in terms of gameplay and control. It feels more exciting to play when compared to PES series too. Definitely must pickup for any soccer fans.