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FIFA 14 Announced

April 18, 2013, Author: Neil Hughes, 3 Comments

There are three things in life that are absolute certainties: death, taxes and another annual FIFA instalment  So there were few surprises when EA announced FIFA 14 this week. Sure, EA are getting a lot of flak at the moment and another football sequel is never going to win them any new fans; but if we are all honest, it must be quite hard to re-package and improve what is essentially just a football game, and usually they do pull it off.

Apparently there are 65 million games of FIFA played each week, so they must be doing something right. A petition to EA recently called for FIFA 14 to feature female players, so it will be interesting to see if there is an official response now they are in full rebuilding image mode.

What can they possibly offer the football-loving masses this year that they haven’t seen before?

FIFA 14 will play the way great football matches are contested with build up through midfield, tension throughout the match as chances are created, and incredible finishing,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer for FIFA 14. “Opportunities in FIFA 14 will be rewarding and great goals will look stunning.”

Any football game that concentrates on slow build up and realism rather than fast arcade style 7-2 victories can only be a step in the right direction, but I can’t help but think that we have just come full circle, because this was exactly what was so great about PES 5 back in 2005.

The introduction of Pure Shot and Real Ball should introduce some much-needed realism into the franchise and footy fans will have to use their head as well as their heart when playing the beautiful game.

Interestingly FIFA 14 is introducing a game-changing new way to play Career Mode. The Global Scouting Network brings the world of professional scouting to life. Players now develop and refine a scouting network and search for talent year-round. Scouts can evaluate footballers all over the world to uncover the attributes and traits of every player in the game, in preparation for the transfer windows. Plus, a new hub delivers easy navigation, fewer interruptions and live scouting reports.

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New feature alert, unleash your inner scout…

Despite the usual shiny announcements, this FIFA player is hoping that they concentrate heavily on the unstable servers and lag issues as a priority, or even put a stop to the cheap sweaty goals that have become the course of many a rage-quit this year.

Probably my biggest gripe about big announcements like this, is the heavy reliance on screenshots taken from the game intros rather than actual in-game footage; we are all wise to this old chestnut by now aren’t we? It might make nice new wallpaper for your laptop but it tells you very little about the game.

I predict that I will get very excited and soak up the hype of the next-generation consoles and a new FIFA, only to be underwhelmed several weeks later and left thinking “shit, it’s not that different; I’ve fallen for this again”. Yet I suppose that says more about me than the game itself.

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  1. Trent said:

    In my recent unusual forays into real life, I found something very interesting. 3 out of the 4 new people I spoke to about gaming ONLY played FIFA. Literally nothing else. They'd not even heard of BioShock, Skyrim or Tomb Raider. One guy, to be fair, had bought Gears Judgement and was considering buying BioShock but it amazed me that someone would buy a console and only play one game on it.

    I think maybe that's a big part of FIFA's popularity; people who aren't really that into games but are very into football can have a blast online and play the game they love without leaving the sofa. I think turning those people onto the world of experiences a games console offers is more difficult than most people think. There's nothing wrong with just playing one game; for one thing it's cheap! I just feel bad for them that they're missing out on so much fantastic content. We've been spoiled this season and there's never been a better time to take a punt and try something new.

    Posted on: April 20 2:31 PM || Report || Reply

  2. Neil said:

    I agree, looking at our site stats, FIFA or PES articles get by far more hits than anything else, it is crazy and I struggle to get my head around it sometimes. Then again, this site was built around Andy, Simon and Myself meeting on a PES/FIFA football online league website so maybe I shouldn't be too surprised.

    Posted on: April 20 3:05 PM || Report || Reply

  3. Phil said:

    Honestly I am seriously underwhelmed, again. Don't get me wrong FIFA 13 is a good football Sim and despite not playing quite as well is played more, by more people than PES but this is possibly the worst announcement of a new FIFA for 2 generations of console. What's new? Where's the change? Where are the key improvements? It basically just sounds like it's going to be the same game from a playing point of view.

    EA Sports have told us for the past 3 iterations (at least) that shooting will be upgraded to be more realistic, players physical strength will be introduced to realistically tussle for and shield the ball. AI will be upgraded to allow the game to correctly show the world's best players and off the ball movement yet it has had absolutely zero effect on the gameplay.

    The vast majority of online games play out exactly the same where one player gets the ball, hoists it over the opposing defense and his speedy forward runs through and shoots. Add to this the connection issues that have started to surface and the increased regularity of times that the EA servers appear to need maintenance (something that is rarely an issue in other EA sports titles like Madden or Tiger Woods) and actually the game has gone backward in recent years.

    Offline most games deteriorate into an attritional battle that makes Stoke and Sunderland look like Barcelona and Real Madrid where again pace is the only commodity of any value and skill is irrelevant.

    Obviously we can't pass judgement until we see the game in action and get hands on time with it but I very much doubt I'll be rushing out to purchase unless EA prove me wrong. In the meantime when I fee the urge to play online i'll suffer the current frustrations against friends for 2 matches before realizing it just isn't worth the bother and go do something less painful, like sticking needles in my eyes

    Posted on: April 22 5:56 PM || Report || Reply

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