Sep 28, 2013Dear oh dear. You know, I don't actually know how EA have managed to do this, but from having a game that was, on the whole, a good effort in FIFA 13, they've actually managed to take about 5 steps backwards. Even worse, despite having the engine already in place etc, this is the buggiest FIFA yet. So, before we move on to the gameplay itself, let's just take a look at what you can enjoy:
- Goalkeepers being beaten for crosses by forwards (leading to goals) even though all they have to do is pick the ball out of the air
- Offsides being given when the player is clearly onside. Not even close to being offside.
- CPU players on your team actually running off the pitch during attacks.
- Players falling over each other ALL THE TIME.
- Fouls being given for nothing, and in other cases not being given even though a player has just hacked someone down brutally off the ball.
- The chance of a goal going in from every corner due to players, seemingly, being unmarked constantly, and the ease of which attacking players beat opposition players in the air.
You might say 'ah, he's whining because this has happened against him!'. I'm afraid not I scored 3 goals in one match alone from corners and I honestly believe my hapless opponent could do nothing to stop any of them.
So, now on to gameplay.
Isn't it fun to play a nice fluid football game? It sure is! Well you won't find it here. I've seen panzers turn faster than these players. Sprinting is pretty much pointless now, as ball control has been nerfed. The route to victory this year is simply to walk around the pitch as the defenders are, equally, awful to maneuver. Most of the games I've played against people online have relied on me just walking towards the opposition and them either a) missing me or b) the ball bobbling off their defender. Ladies and gentleman, this ball *does not stick* to anything. Just try and tackle someone, I dare you! They should have named the game Association Pinball for what it's worth.
Don't worry though there's a saving grace once you bobbled your way across the pitch, those generous people at EA have made shooting even more of a doodle than it was last year. I just lost 7-1 (don't laugh, it's not funny), to a series of air through balls (once again, nerfed to the extent that you'd think every player was Ozil) which were all perfectly finesse lobbed into the net first time by the opposition forward.
Simply put, this game is not fun to play. The best way I can describe it is to say that it's akin to controlling an over-80's pub team, that have sold their souls to the devil in return for the cultured striking power of Lionel Messi at his best.
This has been rushed out I'm afraid, and I'm sick to death of games companies screwing people in this manner now. The menus are still as sluggish as last year, and there's a general lack of polish to everything. Did I pay for this tripe?
PS: I wonder why the official metacritic scores are so high?! It's almost like EA had them in their pockets or something...again.… Expand
Sep 29, 2013I've played fifa since Fifa10 and spent alot of time with each years release. I've never bought PES, but seriously consider it now. Fifa14 SUCKS!! It's like a boring arcade game for kids. Almost as if EA's trying to take away anything fun with the game. "Hey! Let's make the players slower and crash even more! Maybe that'll make the game more realistic?!?!" To score in this game all you need is long through balls, crosses and/or corners. Headers are so overpowered to the point of parody. Then you have those out of the blue long through balls. Yepp, push 2 buttons and your wingers or strikers are one on one with the goalie. Pathetic and no fun at all. Fifa 12 kept me interested the whole year. Fifa13 was also ok, but Fifa14 is getting boring after a couple of days.
Other things like lag and unplayable games due to poor matchmaking is still there. I'd say every third game I play is ruined by lag.
I'm an above average Fifa player and won 850 and lost about 300 online games in last years Ultimate team.… Expand
Sep 24, 2013DON'T BUY THIS GAME! You don't play this game. You just follow the script. All the matches are scripted by EA. They decide when you win, when you lose, everything is scripted. And it's just the same thing of FIFA 13, just slower, I don't know why It's sad because I was a FIFA fan since FIFA 98, and this is the end of the line for this series for me. Another title that's a copy of the previous one and full of script.
What I most like in videogaming was the fact that we can decide our destiny, we decide what happens in the screen. EA, since FIFA 12, destroyed this: you don't play a football videogame, you just follow the script the game definied for each match
Run away from this crap… Expand
Sep 26, 2013This game is just FIFA 13 with some new minigames and a new menu. It has exactly the same flaws. For example, you win 4-0 against Chelsea, the next game you play against Rayo Vallecano and it's like thay're possesed by the football demon and you lose 6-0.
I understood why in the era of PS1 or PS2 thay had to release a game every year, to keep it updated because then there was no dlc niether you can update your game. But in this generation and the next one, there is really no point, since it is almost exactly the same game, just release a new update with the squads and that's it, stop stealing people's money… Expand
Sep 29, 2013This game has been scored mid 80's by critics. How many of them rely on EA for income?
Like real football the game is a matter of opinion and mine is that this version is broke. Not sure why but the play is too slow. The animation of the players is too slow when turning. Its like they all have hip and pelvic injuries the players do not move like athletes. Defending is odd in that defenders go missing when you least expect it. First touch into space appears to be a skill that you are no longer allowed to use. The through ball is too potent.
The game feels like the version before Fifa 13. Fifa 12.5 if you will. This game is a backward step.
Other niggles include online games when you play against a team with the same colour strip or with a ref who clashes with one team. This is annoying and has been an issue for several versions. If you think about it another Fifa 14 is going to be released for PS4. Development of this version must have impacted on the development of this version.
Very sloppy of EA. Like they care.… Expand
Sep 28, 2013I've struggled to enjoy playing FIFA games for a few years now. FIFA 12 I traded in 2 months before FIFA 13 was released, and FIFA 13 only lasted me until January due to how annoying they were. FIFA 14 is a bit better than those games... until you play the game on World Class difficulty.
FIFA 12 and 13, I was playing on Legendary mode, and winning games 3-0 or even more than that, but FIFA 14, the AI becomes that inept and stupid that I'm actually afraid to play on Legendary difficulty in case I find that they all refuse to even move! Players will refuse to run, even though I'm pressing the button telling them to make a run, the game switches to the worst possible player constantly, passes go behind players far too much, players struggle to control the ball, and the computer will never make a mistake, never foul you and never miss a header. It's a chore to play in this difficulty, and if you play it in professional difficulty, then the games far too easy, I've won games 8-0 on professional, then played the same team on world class and struggled to even get a shot in because of how broken it is. Heading is also broken as no matter what you will struggle to win headers, and most of the time if an attacker wins a header on goal, it will most likely go in, despite EA releasing a patch for the game.… Expand
Sep 29, 2013SCRIPTING, RUBBER BANDING. You think you control the game through your gamepad but that's a lie! Greedy EA makes these games just to put their hands in your pockets. Go and read all the blogs and forums about that on the internet and how EA tricks you into buying player packages on FUT. There's lots of them. Why do you think EA bans everyone who talks about scripting and momentum from their forum?
FIFA has nothing to do with videogaming.… Expand
Sep 24, 2013Well... Am going to my tv and start to play FIFA 13... Oh wait!!! is FIFA 14!!!... I know we football fans spend year after year our money to buy the latest versión of our beloved football games, is like a religious pilgrim each year to the videogame store, i love videogames, i love football and i DONT love Fifa anymore... Reason??? It is the same game as 12,13 and i can go on and on andd on... dont take me wrong, there is a saying, if it is not broken dont fix it... But i think EA just made some little improvements and repacked fifa 13. We are in a new age for videogames, the next gen is around the corner, and EA is lazy to not improve whit a new engine like the japaneses. It is more of the same, if i want new transfers added, maybe is a better idea to sell a dlc for fifa 13 because i cant see a significant improvement or any dramatical change in fifa 14. It's like Barbie lol.. the same doll...ohh!!! but it comes whit a new hat WTF!!!… Expand
Sep 27, 2013Despite my better judgement I decided to buy Fifa 14 this year after skipping the last game because it was so buggy. Now after having the game for only 1 day the FUT market is already down, all the items are stuck at completing. Nothing ever changes with Fifa, they take your money and then worry about the problems that come after that. Same old Fifa, same old problems!
Sep 24, 2013FIFA 14 rocks!!!!! Its the best football game till date. Much more realistic features, improved gameplay than FIFA 13.Awesome game play much slower, which makes it more realistic. Some genuine improvements, particularly in terms of animation, physics, artificial intelligence, and Ultimate Team. Top notch presentation and the usual full suite of licences. Go for it guys.. Worth Buying the game.
Sep 27, 2013I usually don't give reviews (no time to do it) but this time i felt i had some responsibility to share my thoughts since every person who buys a new game not only expects something fun and good experience from it, if not they also spend their valuable money for a game that must give them good satisfactions when playing it.
I bought this game from Amazon and i'm returning it... I waited a whole year with big expectations about FIFA 14 but it was very dissapointed, an amazon user gave this review that is very good and just defines what i also think about FIFA 14:
"This is the first time in the last five years that I have felt bored with FIFA so early in the release, so I have to consider this version a step back overall despite the aforementioned improvements. Realism is nice, but not if it comes at the expense of fun. So far, this FIFA just isn't that fun to play".
Critics do not have a good feeling on how the gaming experience should be every time you play, that is probably why they still give high score to FIFA 14.
YOU FAILED THIS TIME EA SPORTS!!!… Expand
Sep 26, 2013This is the worst fifa in years. It feels slow to me. The player reaction to receiving the ball and shooting feels like an eternity. The only good thing about this game is the ball physics. The career mode is stupid. I have to scout a player and ask his price, before you would go to the market and his stats and asking price are already there.The player turn so slow and I feel like each team I play is on ultra defensive. I'm glad I borrowed this game because $60 for this game isn't worth it to me. I would rather keep playing fifa 13. I'm very disappointed in this fifa and hopefully the ps4 version shows improvement.… Expand
Oct 4, 2013What were they thinking when they made fifa 14?! This is by far the worst, most frustrating game I have ever played. Players dribble better in real life than in the game! It is as if the producers got together in a meeting and said, "How can we stuff up fifa 14?" Well mission accomplished. I created a metacritic account JUST so I could give this game a 0! I want to snap the CD in half and send it back. I would rather play fifa 13 until fifa 15 comes out. Hopefully they would have learnt from this... I don't know what they were trying to accomplish with this game but they have tried to make it too realistic. It is also very glitchy. Sometimes when making a sub, the player who comes on is invisible. This was also the case in fifa 13. Overall, I am extremely dissappointed.… Expand
Oct 12, 2013Can I get my money back? I was so excited for the release but what a disappointment. I was playing FIFA 2012 and this is almost the same crappy thing. The first touches are so sloppy and half the time it just hits the player and bounces off as if he was looking at something else. I'm into my 2nd season and in the "My Pro" mode and I have 9+ emails saying I'll play next game but it then says I have not been selected in today's squad!!!??? I'm not sure if this is a bug or what. Maybe I'm crazy but I miss FIFA 2004-2007.… Expand
Oct 13, 2013cant even pass properly on this game ...its retarded the main reviews are corrupt...... dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....dont buy....… Expand
Oct 14, 2013Well, another year another FIFA. And for me, that's another year of anger and frustration!
The (according to EA) non-existing handicap/momentum was more noticeable in FIFA 13 than ever before. I had hoped they toned it down this year, so as to not be so obvious.
Sadly that is not the case.
For those who are unfamiliar with momentum: Catering to the casual gamers, EA has implemented a system that punishes players for dominating their opponent. When certain "requirements" are met, the game will make your players slower, unresponsive, force more passing/shooting/tackling errors as to give your opponent a "fair" shot. I've never been so angry and frustrated playing a game before. I don't like losing, but it REALLY makes me mad, when the game mechanics is forcing me to concede goals just to keep the casual gamers coming back.
But enough about this "feature", let's talk a little about the gameplay:
The good news is, that the massive pace abuse is toned down online. The bad news is, that that doesn't mean anything, since the chipped through ball is as overpowered as ever and your defenders now takes two minutes to turn around and start running. Not to mention that there's now a little delay when you switch players, where your player does NOTHING.
On the topic of player switching: How hard can it be to get this right? Even with MANUEL switching, you don't have full control of player switching. What's the point of manuel then?
During setpieces you concede goals because the player switch system gives you the wrong player. No problem, you just switch again right? Wrong! You can't switch while the ball is in the air.
A few times each match a pass is headed towards one of your players, who just won't move! The opponent snatches the ball, and THEN you can move. Or my favorite: The player actually makes an effort to let the ball pass by him.
The refs are blind in this game. Freekicks called for practically nothing, while a defender can run behind you pulling your shirt for 30 yards, finally bringing you down and stealing the ball... Ref says "play on"?!
Heading is out of this world. This should be a good thing for me, since I enjoy wingplay. But it's just too much... Too many headers ending up in the back of the net.
I've played FIFA since 98 (the good ol' "Song 2" days and I can honestly say: FIFA 14 (and 13) is the game(s) in the series that I've had the least fun with. Online play is broken: nothing but through ball abuse and momentum deciding the matches. Offline is just not for me, so I guess I'm out of luck this year...… Expand
Oct 1, 2013FIFA seems to get worse every year, I should just stop buying it. EA aren't even trying with this game any more. Me and my son preferred Fifa 12 to 13, and 14 is worse than 13, they seem to have broken the core game this time round. My copy is going to get traded in and we'll just go back to 12 with the old player rosters and kits I'm done EA!
Nov 4, 2013As most people already said in other reviews this game is scripted. It is a shame. You cannot even control your players anymore when EA decides it's time for you to lose. The players move like they are on an ice rink and they do not respond to your commands. EA should be sent to court for stealing people's money like this. Playing this game will just make you angry and frustrated as you win a game easily 5-0 and lose the next one 6-0 because the script decides you cannot control your players anymore. So irritating.… Expand
Sep 26, 2013What can I say? After school, me and my mates were very, very excited for FIFA 14. This is my second FIFA I don't know how other long time fans were anticipating this release, but as the sequel to the most addictive game I've personally ever played (FIFA 13) I had high hopes. Me and my friends met up with another group of guys who were also Fifa fans at around 5:45 PM, and we all got drunk and flunked our A-Levels and University courses simultaneously. This is the kind of thing most FIFA players end up doing in the long run anyway, if you think about it. I just wanted to fit in. Anyway, on some more serious notes, let's get into the nitty gritty:
Much like Activision's lies about Call of Juarez: Ghosts, FIFA 14's engine has been claimed to be "New" by EA. In fact, the FIFA 13 engine at the base level has been given some spit shine. This is NOT a new engine. Some new Physics code here, a UI tweak there...Note my use of "Base Level". The graphics, which is what you look at when using a game engine to play a game, HAVE been tweaked. For next generation platforms. What you see when you sit down to play the 360 version in particular, (The Playstation 3 once again edges out 360 in the texture resolution department) are the EXACT same graphics and visual techniques as last year's iteration. Truly disgraceful, but hey, EA have their money now. They aren't going to change it, and peer-pressure-prone yobbos certainly aren't going to trade in the game in protest and abandon their friends. Take it from me I'm not.
A few new mechanics have been added. Of these, the most significant is the "Transfer of Weight" movement mechanic. What this does is make the game feel more weighty and realistic. If you are a fan of Killzone 2, you'll find it a tad too heavy, but bearable to play. If you are a fan of any of the past FIFAs however, you will DESPISE this system. Another classic case of developers taking the Realism Gameplay route. Fundamentally, along with other half-attempted mechanics thrown into the mix, the gameplay as a whole entity is simply not polished. It truly is an uncomfortable mix of more refined elements of Fifa 13's gameplay returning, and new mechanics being introduced to that. You really get the feeling that the developer was not sure of itself in some of these additions. It therefore creates a very inconsistent experience.
Overall, I must say that there is a reason FIFA 14 on the Xbox 360 has an 84 metacritic, with the PS3 version at 86. A) The PS3 is simply the superior system to play any game on, let alone FIFA 14. And B) The game is a copy and paste of last year, with the only notable additions being half-attempted mechanics that serve to make the previous, working formula, more clumsy and less sure of itself in execution.
As a FIFA Fan, and as someone who succumbs to peer-pressure FAR too easily, I will sadly be investing another £250+ from additional savings into player packs this year in order to compete with my yobbo friends. If you have the chance, listen. Please, for the love of God, LISTEN! RUN! RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN!! This franchise is adhering to the laws of Gravitational pull and is quickly falling to the bottom of the barrel. PES is quickly catching up to FIFA in terms of critical impressions and Metacritic score And as of this being written, PES 14 has a higher user score than FIFA 14 on all platforms due to the fact that it is introducing more new mechanics this year, it has COMPLETELY changed it's engine from the base level, and it also looks Undeniably Better than FIFA in the graphical department. PES has upped it's game. FIFA hasn't. Stop buying it, unless you're a yob like me.… Expand
Sep 29, 2013Very disappointed with this game. I was expecting, like usual, that most parts of the game is slightly improved from the previous game, as is normal with the FIFA titles. What I feel though, is that the gameplay is a lot worse than FIFA 13. Some points:
- You can end an online game even if the opponent feel like watching the replays endlessly (I think, at least nobody so far has managed to delay me ending game quick)
- Err...well, the transfers are up to date...(woo, awesome...right?)
- Dribbling is awful, try to dribble anywhere near a defender, and you lose the ball.
- Through balls does not work, its pretty much an automatic "give ball to opponent" button
- Players turn like they are wearing concrete shoes, and very often end up losing the ball in the process.
- Ball control seems weird, players often lose the ball in easy situations, or make a turn and fail to bring the ball with them.
- AI player movement is bad, send a short pass to one of your players and watch him run AWAY from the ball???
- Shielding the ball seems impossible, defenders just tackle through you, without committing a foul.… Expand
Oct 3, 2013Where do i start? Firstly, having kissed goodbye to my FUT coins from FIFA 13 that i was NOT allowed to migrate to FIFA 14, i can say that i began my journey into 14 already disappointed, but little did i know what was to follow.
Gameplay it's frustratingly, agonisingly bad.
Passing Forget through balls, they got to your opponent every time. Short passes are sometimes controlled by the receiver, other times the ball just bounces 3 or 4 yards off their foot and you lose possession.
Dribbling forget it. You'll lose the ball. Dribbling is a lottery. More often than not, you'll even up confusing yourself while the defender says 'thank you very much' and runs away with the ball.
Sprinting forget it. The players run like they are running through snow when in possession. When not in possession, strikers are still largely beaten for pace by defenders. I mean, how can John Terry beat Theo Walcott to a loose ball by 5 yards? Sprinting with the ball is actually SLOWER than if you just run normally with it. Figure that one out if you can.
Shooting Smack it in from anywhere. Wobble the sticks to put 'dip' or 'curve' on it, and you'll soon have a great amount of 35 yard finishes in your collection. True, they won't have any realism about them, but for some reason, EA Sports seem to think any clogger who can toe-poke a shot from outside the box deserves to beat even the best of keepers.
Control The players turn like they're trying to navigate a field of land-mines whilst using crutches. Sometimes they even forget to take the ball with them.
Other comments The referees seem largely oblivious to the most blatant of fouls and shirt pulling. Keepers still can't get sent off EVER. The AI of the referees is atrocious they blow for a free kick when you've clearly got a major advantage in playing on. The offsides are aplenty far too many stoppages for offside, and as for headers, they are so overpowered its untrue, likewise the keeper punching the ball out.
FUT The ultimate team side of the game is the same as it was before, but they've improved one or two things and at the same time, just for balance, they've spoiled some as well. Firstly, you can get back to the game 'ADVANCE' button without waiting for your opponent to watch the closing movie of the match and handshakes etc. The lay-out for FUT seasons is better the league tables and stats far more user friendly. However they've decided that quite a lot of the time, after matches, you'll get injuries to your players. I'm only into my 2nd online season and have had TEN injuries to players so far. Mostly 1 game absences, but sometimes 2 or 3, so it means you have to buy healing cards or rest the player for a few games.
Overall the game has no pace to it, it feels slow and awkward to play, the response time between pressing a button on the controller and the player responding is way too much of a delay. I've already figured out the best way to win in this game and it's lob passes or just pump balls over the top the dinosaur way of playing football. For those who like neat passing triangles and skills, the advocates of the beautiful game, forget it. Gone is the Barcelona Bayern Munich way of playing we're now resorted to the style of Wimbledon FC from the 1980's in order to get any success at all.
A huge let down from EA Sports. This could, in essence, have been a 100mb game update from FIFA 13 but as a stand alone product for £40, it's a shocking poor effort and terrible value for money.… Expand
Nov 14, 2013The best simulation of football, but only slightly better than its predecessor. If you’re planning to buy a new console I recommend waiting for the next-gen Fifa 14. [12/2013, p.48]