Review: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 (2)

With the 2014 world cup in Brazil fast approaching, Betfair have asked for our opinion on the new official FIFA 2014 game. Here’s what we thought…

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 (5)

 

Pros:

  • Maintains the same high graphic, player detail fans enjoy in FIFA 14. Every stadium looks brilliant and accurate whilst the player facial graphics look much more real and less robot.
  • 203 national teams, 7,469 players, 19 officially licensed managers, and 21 new stadiums including all 12 authentic stadiums from Brazil
  • All new crowd chants, views and you can even now see fans reaction from the local pub!
  • New control improvements like the ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction quickly on and off the ball with Explosive Movement, to the new World Class Control feature that uses Response Dribbling and Pinpoint Passing. Game play is more natural and fluid than previous titles.
  • New Begineer option that makes the game really easy and is added more for new players or younger gamers who just want to experience the game.
  • Commentary is provided once again by Andy Townsend and Clive Tyldesley.
  • In game menu music has three options for you to pick in the World Cup section. You can choose to listen to EA Trax as usual or you can hear radio shows from either: Andy Goldstein and Ian Drake or Men In Blazers. These two shows will talk about upcoming games, results and injury reports. They both re act to your scores and game play.
  • TV Coverage style intros for all matches, See the globe spinning, then focusing on your stadium and have a fly over.
  • Typical FIFA options are still all present and correct like: Create a player,Team management,Set up and draft your own players to each of the world teams.
  • Game modes are:
    • World cup- Jump straight in and choose to play it with the real roster or tweak the teams involved and go for glory.
    • Road To World Cup- See if you have what it takes to qualify for Brazil 2014.
    • Kick Off- Straight up pick two teams and off you go.
    • Captain Your Country- Make a player, earn attribute points and build your player as you look to get Captaincy and guide your team to Brazil.
  • Earn exp/FCC coins from playing games,scoring,trying new modes etc. Level up to unlock new items in the in game shop like new kits,scenarios,videos and classic strips. Buy these items with the earnt FCC coins.
  • All new skill moves and goal celebration animations. You have a handy menu that can be accessed from the pause menu.
  • Menu and general UI is a lot clearer and less clutter, Highlight a game type and use the right stick to swipe through the variation options like load a save etc. In game it will all look much the same but the front end is defiantly sharper.
  • Player form is a big part of the game and the better the rating, The better they will play. It also improves their attributes and overall score. Taking part in training exercises will help raise their form.
  • Mini games are still in there as you wait for the game to load.

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Cons:

  • No next gen version, It should of at least had a version on the newer consoles.
  • Online keeps disconnecting, Mostly when trying to update your exp and cash on EAS service.
  • Once you play the few game modes, Its all done.
  • Takes ages to unlock all the items in the in game store.

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In Summary, It is a good game and the new improvements to the controls are brilliant. Even novice players can pull off some extraordinary plays. Being a World Cup game of course it has a short shelf life. It should of had a run out on the next gen consoles and for the full asking price at retail, It does sting a bit, That said you can easily get a fair few hours play out of it and you will like the changes.  I dont buy FIFA games every year so this is a good substitute if you cant find FIFA 14 and only want world teams. Try and get the game for cheap and your laughing, Otherwise you will feel its just a quick cash in as usual.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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