Another year and another FIFA game arrives on just about every current-gen platform, just ahead of the graphically boosted next-gen console release.
Regular players and fans will both feel reassured that FIFA 14 doesn’t change a whole lot from where the series was a year ago. There’s no swerve ball here, but at the same time that might bring initial disappointment.
Therefore is FIFA 14 the ultimate footie game or does this release hit the crossbar?
Who Are Ya?
We’ll come right out and say it from the off: after wading through FIFA 14’s menu screens – which are lovely and wear the new lick of paint well – and multiple gameplay modes, you can be forgiven for thinking that you could’ve carried on with last year’s edition and saved yourself a few bob.
That’s the thing about FIFA 14: it’s very glossy, character models and all. Plastic yet fantastic. The new presentation of the user interface, which apes somewhat the Xbox tile-centric home pages, adds to the glamour, but it’s the in-game action that saves this iteration from just being a kit and transfer update.
On the field it feels fresh once again and you have to wonder where it is going to end. Electronic Arts, the game’s publishers, will continue to innovate and find other game technologies to help improve realism even further, but this is a game and there has to be a line between what feels right for football and what feels right to play with a controller. FIFA 14 has found the best balance yet.