Gadget Buddies: ‘FIFA 2014’ review

Gadget Buddies: ‘FIFA 2014’ review

By Imran Khan

It is back and back with a bang: the latest instalment of the long running ‘FIFA’ franchise is out in the form of ‘FIFA 2014 Brazil World Cup’. Not too long ago you may have read our review of ‘FIFA 2013’, a game that impressed us with its use of next generation intelligence and graphics. This time around Electronics Arts have taken up a notch.

We recently received a review edition of the game and decided to see what makes this particular version of the game better than the previous. For starters the load time into the game is much faster. We then went on to look at the features. ‘FIFA 2014’ has a total of 11 game modes, 21 unique stadiums and 203 national teams. Ultimate Team is probably the highlight of this edition.

The Ultimate Team Mode allows the player to handpick a team from among the world’s all time top players. Built onto that Electronics Arts have added something they call the “Deeper Chemistry System”, which will allow you to customize your squad to play in different styles. Now that is impressive as your dream team is brought to life. Basically what Electronic Arts aimed for here was the fact that in real world football, every player has a unique way of thinking and making quick decisions. They have not only added this facet to the gaming experience, but also allowed the game player to edit these characteristics.

Team mate intelligence has definitely also improved. After playing the game for about an hour, we saw that the game’s intelligence set up the players in a unique way, depending on the scenario. We noticed that attacking players watch the backline to avoid being offside and that the centre forward player will now back into the defender to get possession of the ball.
It sounds a bit technical, but this new ‘FIFA’ instalment has quite a bit of intelligence built into it, all to make the gaming experience much more real. Even the crowd animations and commentary have been revised. All in all, EA has made another great weekend game.

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