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 24, 2013I don't know what people mean by saying this game is scripted but it sounds believable, FIFA 14 is a lot different than FIFA 13 in all the wrong ways super slow extremely hard to get passes in & for some reason extremely easier to get unrealistic crosses in ronaldo's boot's aren't even accurate this game pisses me off but i'll probably just buy it anyways cause no one will be playing 13
Sep 27, 2013This is definitely the worst FIFA in history. It brings over all problems of FIFA13 and adds more. I'm talking about single player modes, as I'm not interested in multiplayer game at all. My score reflects only a single player experience
I'm not expecting a game to be easy, I like challenge, especially in a football game, but the game has to be enjoyable. And F14 is far from that. It's one of the most frustrating experiences in a game world ever. If I pick one of the biggest teams on the continent, with players valued millions of euros in real world, I'd like to feel that I'm indeed controlling a really strong team. That I have immediate advantages over a poor opponent. But there's no such feeling in this game. FIFA 'world' seems to be using some kind of level scaling, like Skyrim, because no matter how good team you pick, how close to level 99 your players are and how skiled you are in controlling a pad, you will struggle with likes of Stoke or Almeria or whatever. Your Piques, Ramoses and Luizs will be outrun by poor team's attackers, your Messis, Ronaldos and Robbens will be outrun by poor team's defenders. 60 level team will make pinpoint precision long passes and exchange ball better than Barca in their best years. And watch yourself in the last 15 minutes of the game if you're winning by 1 or 2 goals you will experience pressing like you've never seen on live TV, unless you watch ice hockey match and one team plays with a player advantage.
Reaction your opponent AI presents is unhumanly they can react to your action a fraction of a second after you press the button. At the same time, your defenders AI is utterly stupid. There's barely any move on the pitch except the player you control. AI doesn't move your player towards the ball in the air, doesn't assist you in defence. You would imagine you could position a player manually, but auto switching doesn't work correctly and manual switching when ball is in the air is practically impossible. Your players also won't move towards a loose ball after eg a tackle (it sometimes looks like all players 'wait' until the tackle/collision animation is finished). Passing on assisted and semi modes don't work and at least 1/3 simple short passes (not to mention long through balls) end up bouncing of opponent's legs. Your attackers barely move off the ball. And even if they move and make a nice run, AI defenders will outrun them anyway, as mentioned earlier, or they will be caught offside as most often there's a huge delay between you pressing a button and AI making a pass (again, it has to do with animations)
If that's not enough, imagine referees ending matches during your attacking move in opponent's penalty box. This however should be easily fixable in a patch. As to all other complaints, it seems like a broken engine so it would need a total revamp, which is impossible at this stage.
If I bought the game on Origin, I would definitely apply for a refund. Waste of money. And since PES14, although significantly better than PES13, also suffers from unpolished engine and bugs, there's no football game to enjoy this year… Expand
Sep 24, 2013I don't know how to rate this game. It's not worthy of the critical acclaim that I suspect EA have paid for (all studios do it to be fair), but it's not a veritable flop deserving of the fires of the internet and red-coloured user scores.
The presentation is excellent. Quite superb. Modeling off the Xbox dashboard was a bold move but it does pay off. The commentary is spot on, the prematch coverage is top notch and in terms of immersion into the experience, PES can't hold a candle to FIFA. I love the changes to career mode, the global scouting network forces you to construct teams that click together rather than a team full of 85+ players that pace-abuse the opposition.
Unfortunately thats as far as I can be positive. The biggest change is the Precision Movement engine. Players are slower and clunkier than before in an attempt to replicate real physics and real build-up play. I found my teammates making intelligent runs ahead of me and positioning was better. The big problem is that everyone feels the same. Top-rated attacking players felt like they had the same agility, movement and ball control as mid-level centerbacks. It's terrible. Not to mention that one of FIFA 13's biggest draws, dribbling, is now completely broken because of this. A good example is Christian Eriksen, I usually have no problem dribbling (no tricks) past defenders. In FIFA 14, he feels like Charlie Adam.
It could be case of something to get used to. I've only had it 3 days thanks to my sports ticket from EA, of which I played around 20-25 hours. It certainly took a while to adjust to FIFA 13. I'm not against change or one of those people who complains about things changing. I just think that it hasn't worked out as smoothly as EA hoped.
This definitely feels like FIFA is in transition, for the better. Unfortunately so too does the game. It's very nicely packaged product but the core feels like a working beta compared to what EA vision for the game. It's gameplay mechanics haven't been worked out fully and it ruins the experience for me. I don't particularly care for paying $60 for updated kits and rosters, nor do I for an unfinished product.… Expand
Sep 29, 2013Imagine the best painting in the world. Now imagine that, to spice things up, the creator decided that every few seconds the painting would release tear gas sending viewing the painting into the agony of inflamed eyeballs. Then as they lay there trying to enjoy the painting with their vision blurred from toxic gas. The painting then starts swinging around the room to make the viewing experience dynamic and exciting. THATS Fifa 10. The best sports game available. However it's marred by horrible design decisions made to make the game "challenging". Everything thats great about it can and will altered to insure that theres another obstacle in your way so the CPU can keep the game "exciting". You will play 4 games overcoming the common problems but on that 5th game the controls will mysteriously turn to mush. It's like a brand new game. It's that last and greatest level of desperate AI cheating. It will destroy your ability to enjoy the game. They take the core mechanics of the game and make it all unresponsive on purpose. Just think about that. And while you're at it, avoid this game. Collapse… Expand
Oct 2, 2013EA sports are a scam company. FIFA releases since 1993 have been nothing but junk. There is no football logic nor tactics in the gameplay in any series. Ball possession and build up play is useless. The best football player does not win by any means, in fact if you play football like it is played in real life you will end up losing. Too many flaws in this game: headers, highways open on the sides, defense is a joke, game pace is a joke, stamina and fatigue is a joke, full game pressure like monkeys, referee and goalkeepers need alot of tweaking. This game sucks and is very much over priced. Once again for the 21th year in a row, EA Sports deceived us as customers.… Expand
Sep 24, 2013Stepping Stone
Really this is just a stepping stone for the next gen version coming up wich uses the amazing looking infinity engine so if you bought this like I did hopefully you would have kept your excpectations low because this is really only mad for the updated squads and the pretty sweet ultimate team.
Sep 29, 2013I love all these people complaining how slow it is. It is a much more realistic game. Those of you complaining about one team being rubbish and the next being spectacular...youre probably playing Ultimate team right? Not every team is the same skill level. Game one may be Pro, game two may be world class, they arent the same.
This is by far the best and most realistic fifa to date. Solid note to end this generation of consoles on.… Expand
Sep 30, 2013FIFA 14 is undeniably the very best football package available on the xbox 360. As a package it could be likened to a pretty large box, neatly wrapped in the finest quality embossed paper, lovingly finished with a luxurious satin bow. Yes, this package is seductive, intriguing and ultimately "flawless" in every way. When unboxing this sweet package however... you'll be in for no small surprise as once again EA have failed to impress on the content. FIFA 14 has all the official licenses, players and fantastic game modes but the actual game is (not unlike its creators) dull, exploitative, lacking in creativity, soulless, technically unimpressive and a complete waste of anybody's money. Any football gamer who honestly enjoys this deserves to be bludgeoned to death with a Nintendo64 console & have a copy of International Superstar Soccer forcibly shoved down their throat!… Expand
Oct 31, 2013I had reviewed this game on Sep 30 2013 when EA promised a patch that would fix the issues. I gave a 6 because the game at the time had some promise. There were issues that completely broke the game but they promised to fix them.
Now it is October 31st 2013. And I can only say one thing DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. I spent many many hours playing FUT 13. I only play maybe 1-2 games a week of FUT 14. Only to remind myself how awful the game is. Then I go back to doing whatever else I was doing.
I will discuss the good and the bad in some detail.
Let's start with the good:
1) Great game modes. FUT is immensely popular and extremely addictive. There are tons of people to play quick online games with. The games are extremely competitive.
2) The licenses EA has make it possible to play with a large array of different teams and players.
3) The game is no longer extremely dependent on the speed of the player. With Fifa 13 everything hinged on how fast a player was. If he was slow everything else was rendered useless by his inability to keep up with anyone on the pitch. Fifa 14 does a better job of balancing passing, dribbling and others.
4) The game can be fun. And they may still fix the issues I just don't understand what is taking so long.
Now on to the BAD:
1) The AI is a monstrosity. Especially when it comes to defense. In all facets of the game you will find yourself absolutely furious at the terrible decisions your players make.
2) When it comes to online play there is an enormous emphasis on heading the ball. Headers are extremely over powered. I mean EXTREMELY OVERPOWERED. People are no longer using players like Aguero and turn to players like Benteke and Carrol instead because they can head the ball. This goes well with #1 the defenders do a PATHETIC job of defending headers. Absolutely pathetic.
3) Corners are extremely unrealistic. You are more likely to concede a goal due to a header then any other build up play short of a penalty kick. Again this goes with #1 and #2. Heading is way overpowered and the AI to defend corners is just criminal.
4) The full press tactic in Ultimate Team and Seasons is again extremely overpowered. Basically you can just sprint after the ball all game long and never get tired. Turns the game into a through ball fest.
5) Lob Passes are grossly overpowered. This is mostly due to the fact that defenders have no idea how to defend against them.
Overall I am being very generous giving this game a 3. It is a very broken game.
What makes matters much worse is that EA has not released a patch in almost a month. This tells me that they blatantly do not care.
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. Wait until Xbox One comes out. That one should be better.… Expand
Oct 1, 2013Yeah, originally I gave this game a good review. I liked the idea of the game being more thoughtful and stopping the speed spamming that used to go on. But what they didn't realise is that they made the game an unplayable mess. Totally unenjoyable experience and completely scripted. Only on fifa can you have 20 shots on target, hit the bar 7 times, 70 percent possession but you magically lose at the end to a 50 yard long shot. It's so frustrating and a waste of time. The new scouting system on Fifa is also completely horrid. If you want simulation go and play football manager. I honestly can't sign hardly any players. Worst fifa I've ever played.… Expand
Sep 30, 2013The people moaning about this game need to put some serious hours into the game and learn how to play it properly. FIFA 14 is definitely a better game than FIFA 13. No longer can you just spam the through ball button and score cheap goals on the counter attack. No longer can you sign the quickest players in Ultimate Team and expect to win by just pace abusing. It requires more thought than just holding the RT button, and that can only be a positive. You have to shield the ball with LT, learn how to pass and move, and be patient if you can't go forwards. I can't really fault the actual gameplay of this game.
The only negative for me is the over reliance on headed goals. I never really conceded from corners in FIFA 13 but I'm doing it regularly in FIFA 14. Not a major problem, but you don't want too many goals being scored from set-pieces or crosses from wide areas.
The presentation is very good, as you would expect from an EA sports game. The menus have been overhauled and look nicer and are a lot easier to navigate. The engine is starting to show its age but i'm hoping the Xbox One version updates the graphics and makes it look a bit sharper. The crowd need some work, too.
Overall, it's a very good game and certainly an upgrade on FIFA 13. Just don't buy this game expecting a major overhaul. It is different, and different in a good way, but the game plays quite similar once you've got used to it. People just don't like how they can't pace abuse anymore. Put some serious hours into it, learn the new mechanics, and you will agree that it's a better game than its predecessor. But there's no doubt that everyone is expecting bigger and better things from the Xbox One version. The graphics need to be better and the Ignite engine needs to really deliver.
Oct 1, 2013Where do i start with Fifa 14? Ive played Fifa for years and where they say and people say this is the best by far are got to be kidding? Online aspect of this game, its completely unbalanced. The game consists of sluggish game play and very slow. The passing on this game isnt realistic at all. Ive had this Since saturday and im already selling up as its a total waste of money and waste of time playing it.
Only decent thing i can say about this game is when you score a goal, to a certain degree, it does feel satisfying but overall this is a bad year for Fifa and EA.… Expand
Nov 16, 2013Shocking game, been playing Fifa since the 95 edition and this is by far the worst of the series...My players are fouled throughout the game with no calls from the ref, I'll have a 5 star player receive the ball and look like someone smacked him over the head with a plank of wood, I'll have a 96 pace player be chased down by a 60 pace defender then have a 80 pace striker blitz past my 70 pace defender. The only way to win in UT is to constantly foul the other team and play balls over the top with the midfield passing being terrible, every second goal I concede is because of the ridiculous auto player switching which leaves me completely stranded....The game has destroyed my faith in EA and this will be the last time I purchase a Fifa, massive opportunity for PES to win my vote.… Expand
Sep 28, 2013I don't know where to start with this game, Now before people start judging the player I was a huge fan of fifa games I've played them all and each one has made steps to make the game better for the fans. However this years FIFA has been nothing but a sheer disappointment from the laggy and slow menu screens to a clearly unpolished title. A lot of people would jump straight in to blame EA as we all know they do have a terrible history with it's customers and it's products mainly being that people see them as money grabbers who do not care for their audience.
When I first started hearing about all the new feature in FIFA I was excited to see and find out how it would play, after watching a lot of videos not only by EA but also the FIFA youtubers the excitement got better as they highly praised the game.
When the demo was released I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and start playing and when I did I was shocked to see how awful the players handled on the pitch. Now of course I tried to shake it off as a new game mechanic and figured it would take some time to get use to, However it has added an unnecessary difficulty to the game that will quite simply push people away from the title.
As much as I appreciate EA's decision to try making the game more realistic unfortunately they have missed this opportunity to fine tune what was needed to be done. As what EA forget is that at the end of the day it is still just a game and not the real sport.
Player movement comes across as very clunky and slow the passing and first touch system differs belief considering FIFA 13 had it's issues with the first touch system, It seems that this years version is a lot more difficult to handle from the ball bouncing off players to just down right stupidity from the players.
It's hard to believe that the players you're using are suppose to be professional footballers unfortunately the game makes you feel as if you're dealing with amateurs who have barely played the sport.
For me personally what I don't understand is that FIFA games have always been about fun it's always been about the competition and the feeling it gives you when you can out smart your opponent and score great goals.
This years attempt at FIFA 14 has only left me feeling frustrated and let down by EA as the game is riddled with problems, A lot of mechanics that don't make sense for example are a lot of people claim that "Strength" is the way to go in this years FIFA you're now allowed to use slower defenders simply because you can out muscle the attackers. However this has yet again got it's own problems as people have already figured out a way to avoid this and this is to simply run down the wing and cross the ball in in which 9/10 crosses will succeed in a goal.
A lot of people will read this review and just think it's another rage kid just throwing out frustration at EA for the sake of just doing it, But I person have always enjoyed FIFA games as they've had their own flaws but this years game has been nothing short of a flop in my eyes. I'm sure for many other players the game is great and has given them the experience they've always wanted but when it comes to just enjoying the game EA have almost stripped the fun aspect of the game straight out of it.
With a lack of contact from EA in the forums I can only figure that they are avoiding all responsibility of the games problems and have chosen to ignore it's fans for another year running.
Now I'm going to be generous when I rate this game and will only go out of my way to give it a 5 simply because of how the game feels it's hard for all the wrong reasons and has lost it's fun edge, EA have clearly tried to make the title a more serious game but sadly not everyone was looking for a serious experience.… Expand
Oct 1, 2013Sluggish player movement has increased realism but sucked the fun out of the game. They are in fact to heavy now, EA have simply taken it too far.
The scripting in previous FIFA games was annoying but not overly intrusive, FIFA 14 is obscene. My fave game has been ruined.
Sep 25, 2013Gráficas: las mismas que fifa 12,13 no varían,
Jugabilidad: a mi parecer mejoro un poco el accionar del balón, es mas difícil hacer un buen pase, la ia de los defensas ya no es tan idiota, aun así los desmarques sin balón no funcionan como debería
si eres fan de esa saga seguro que ya lo tienes, si quieres darle una oportunidad adelante solo que no esperes algo fuera de lo normal.
Sep 28, 2013I feel that people need to adapt to the new fifa casue, there are a couple of gameplay tweaks which have made a difference.
I like the change.
Those, who are annoyed should probably play skill games to improve and to adapt to fifa 14
cheers and thank you
Sep 30, 2013There are some improvements in this version UI, some tweaks and new thing in ultimate team which I think are excellent additions. However this has been undermined by the game play. I constant hear and read how Fifa is trying to be realistic yet very little about the game play is realistic.
The new first touch system and turning mechanics are by far the least realistic element of the game. A top level player can easily shift a ball from left to right and turn their body as appropriate, not in this game You'd have more luck changing the direction of a speeding bullet than to maneuver top level player in this game. Yes expect slow, difficult movements from low level players but Top level really especially when any 9 year old can move and manipulate a ball quicker.
Yes this slows play and stops the end to end basketball type play but realistic it is not.
Players still make hopeless movements, come short when they need to go long, go long when they need to go short. Yes you can control this to some extent but you should have to when it is football 101.
So far full backs have improved and no longer disappear up field for no reason however the importance of pace has been reduce a little but at times players seem to have a random burst of un-catchable pace that will lead to more complaints about scripting etc.
Crosses and headers are ridiculous, Only played 20 or so games and every game has a headed goal and 70-80% of crosses end in goals.
Lobbed through balls seam to have a habit to make the CPU defender run forward under the ball then as a user takes over makes it impossible to turn into the opposite direction and catch the forward.
Goalkeepers have got worse with many of them looking like they play with no hands, leading to 40yrd finesse shots being tipped over the bar or padded down in front of them for rebounds, 1on1s far to easy to score as the GKs just dive over the ball.
Yes we need to learn the new way it works and there will be updates etc it's not realistic and it's not like playing football, it's still adapting to how Fifa plays.
Forget true shot, precision movement etc, just develop true football.… Expand
Oct 6, 2013They could not have created a worse game. The first touch system is awful, as is the on ball control of players, and the sprinting in the game is atrocious. I find myself wondering very often what the hell just happened. If you are planning on buying this game don't. I'm serious it is my biggest regret in the history of buying games and I have bought some stinkers. Just buy the FIFA 13 version and update the rosters yourself because that game was the It is a way way way better option than spending 60 dollars on this crap. I feel so strongly about this that I went out of my way to create this account to let you know how horrible this game is. DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF POOP GAME.… Expand
Oct 22, 2013The demo looked quite good. On release it was OK, but had a few problems, such as overpowered crossing, through balls, corners, finesse shots. People abused these bugs. They said they would release a patch to correct these problems. The patch did not do this. IT DESTROYED THE GAME!! It basically became like a cheap version of FIFA 13 with zero gameplay. No fun. All scripted and set up for pace abuse. It is an absolute disgrace they killed the game with these patches. Since then we have had no response from EA. It is shocking they do care about their customers. I will never buy an EA sports product again UNLESS THEY SORT THIS MESS OUT!… Expand
Nov 27, 2013This is quite honestly the biggest tragedy I've ever seen on a TV screen other then grown ups 2. I don't know how you could bring yourself to even convince yourself it's a good game. The passing is god awful, it does the exact opposite of what you want. The dribbling and the first touch of this game takes the cake. Oh my even Messi makes the most disgusting mistakes ever. The player response to controls is terrible (I tried multiple controllers too). You'll find yourself hitting buttons and see your players not responding and you just wonder why. All the FIFA's previous to this were fun ad at least worthy of a 7 but this is the worst soccer game I have ever played. Oh yeah, I already sold it.… Expand
Oct 3, 2013This is the worst FIFA I have played. In Seasons mode, it is more like playing pinball. Defenders are always faster than your wingers and forwards. I am sure they have given all the players arthritis the turning is so bad. Passing is always off as well now, assisted all the way if you want a game which is vaguely playable. The only positive I can think of is the menu system is much better in presentation and speed.… Expand
Oct 16, 2013By far the WORST FIFA since FIFA 10! The touches are purely pathetic, most players touch the ball as if they're amateurs. The controllers are super frustrating, doesn't listen well to your commands especially when trying to do one touch passing or turn with the ball in a certain direction. Crosses are very much scripted especially with the OP'd players like Ronaldo Messi or Ibrahimovich. The goalkeepers are morons! They come out way too much! And the auto switching when you have it on manual is just purely pathetic! Finally the pathetic online booleans they have for matching players with their connections. Just purely pathetic and very disappointed in EA. Hope next gen version is NOTHING like this… Expand
Sep 27, 2013First off, it is extremely unlikely that the game is scripted. Even if it was, the people writing the ridiculous zero scores at the moment could not have possibly played the game long enough to actually judge whether it is or not.
As such, it's hard to take any of the negative scores that refer to it seriously. After playing the game myself, I can safely say that FIFA 14 is a "good" game. It's a marginally re-skinned, slower paced, more technical version of FIFA 13.
But is it a revolutionary FIFA experience? No, not at all. There's nothing here that suggests EA pushed the boat out to improve gameplay or the overall game dramatically. Everything about the title suggests that it had a more limited development cycle before it was finished up to concentrate on the next generation consoles.
There are several key improvements to mention however. Career Mode has made fantastic steps forward with a completely overhauled transfer system that more closely reflects the reality of footballing business. Ultimate Team continues to be a central focus for the game and has grown in stature and polish for this years title, but fortunately the offline and other multiplayer modes haven't been completely overshadowed by it, so it's still a well-rounded title with a lot of playing options.
Licencing and stadium usage has been expanded, with previously inaccessible kits, stadia and photo-captured player likenesses available in this title. This may be a small thing and one that you come to expect from the FIFA franchise, but it's still good to see it in the last of this generations FIFA games.
As stated above, gameplay is notably slower. It's not "bad" as such, and there aren't any game breaking bugs or laughable physics abnormalities that previous titles have had, but it does feel like a chess match rather than a game of football at times. That said, I still prefer this ahead of the arcadey, on-rails feel of the past.
Whilst FIFA 14 is worth buying, I still feel I'm waiting for the definitive FIFA experience. Hopefully, FIFA 15 will make a dramatic step forward in gameplay that is sorely needed, as the franchise is beginning to feel stale after few real discernible changes since the 2012 (or arguably 2011) incarnation.… Expand
Oct 4, 2013well... this game isn't too bad, gameplay is a bit better than last year, skills are worst. season mode is good (the same as last fifa) and career mode is pretty funny. but FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM... OMG what a shame! is completely RIGGED. is just cpu vs cpu and who must win... wins. you are only the momentum's viewer (well isn't only momentum, predetermined games before kick off is better).
FUT (the new gem of EA) is really completely b$hit... AND... i've paid 60$ for an upgrade, because FUT is unplayable.… Expand
Oct 8, 2013el menu es mas complicado el modo DT es una mierda y varias cosas empeoraron de una secuela de excelentes juegos como lo es desde el principio Fifa 13, Con cada vez mas que hacerle en este año el juego es Fifa 12, 13 exactamente no se, solo espero que en Xbox One y PS4 no sea la tristeza del año
Oct 1, 2013Very disappointed with this game, it looks very nice, has a good windows 8 look going on, but that is all.
The actual game play, which surprise surprise is why I bought the game, is just awful. Everyone has a horrendous touch even the 90+ players and don't even bother trying to shoot, 9/10 times the player takes forever to respond and you will be tackled before you can. World class players like Messi and Ronaldo just felt like normal players, my defenders refuse to perform a defensive header when I'm marking the player perfectly and pressing the head button. Me and my friend played a match 4-4 and all of the goals were off corners or free kicks... Plus the ai has near perfect control as soon as you go on world class or above, so unless your a pro at skill or have a really good team don't expect to score much. Oh and its not just that I'm terrible at the game, I thoroughly enjoyed fifa 13 and was quite successful on it.
So to sum up imagine what it is like playing with a 2 star team on fifa 13, that team would be more enjoyable to play that a 5 star on this game.… Expand
Oct 14, 2013Let me get this out of the way first. My review is solely based on Ultimate Team. With that being said, this year is so insanely infuriating that I'm honestly thinking about selling the game back. Apparently the people who developed this game thought it was incredibly realistic to make the easiest ways to score be either by getting corners or taking finesse shots from midfield that fly past defenders and keepers like the ball is on fire. As far as corner kicks go, they are quite literally IMPOSSIBLE to defend. I can't tell you how many times so far I've held back an opposing teams player while the ball is flying through the air until my player is about to clear it only to have one of the opposing player magically shove my guy out of the way and put the ball into the back of the net with a header that likes of which Alan Shearer would be jealous of. An online game of Ultimate Team consists of cheap corner goals, screaming long distance shots, and spamming overhead through balls. Don't even bother trying to control the tempo of the game or win with good defense/good passing(ya know, like REAL FUTBOL.) You'll just end up getting beat 4-1 by some kid who watched a few Youtube videos about how to basically cheat/exploit this games awful AI. Not to mention there is literally no negative recourse for people who act like complete and utter idiots in this game. I really, REALLY, wish PES would have all the licensing for European leagues. If that were to ever happen I feel like the people who want a true futbol experience would actually be able to play game online and win with realistic futbol skills rather than arcade style non-sense being passed off as a futbol sim.
TL;DR- FIFA 14 Ultimate Team is basically like playing NBA Jam on a futbol pitch.… Expand
Oct 1, 2013I bought this game expecting great gameplay etc, I played it for 2 days and took it back to the shop. It is awful game play, awful goalkeeping where they always punch the ball out, so the other team just taps it in the net, Bad defending, you will select a player you would want but it will go onto a totally different player on the field. The most disappointing moment was the skill challenges. I enjoyed doing the penalty challenge on Fifa 13 and it took a lot of effort, I went on Fifa 14 penalty legendary skill challenge to find out the maximum points were 20,000 not 50,000. Overall a very disappointing football game and I will be going back to Fifa 13 or getting PES 2014. I reckon if ultimate team wasn't on this game it wouldn't do as well in the sales as it does.… Expand
Oct 1, 2013There's always a fine line between making a game realistic, and making it enjoyable. Fifa 14 is definitely closer to real life in terms of player movements, touches and ball physics. However, I agree that games aren't flowing very well which makes it less enjoyable for me personally. So i'd give it a 7 because despite it's issues, i'm still going to play it for the next year anyway. If you've given it less than three then that's an exaggeration. Less than 5 are the kind of games you want to throw away. Fifa 14 isn't the best but its definitely not THAT bad.… Expand
Oct 6, 2013FIFA 14 definitely breaks my record for most smashed controllers lol. I'm a die hard FIFA fan and this FIFA 14 is just garbage. This is not f****** REAL futbal! EA Sports is just terrible at making futbal games. I'm so sick of my teammates running in front of me when I'm trying to score, blocking my shots! I'm so sick of my defenders running away from loose balls! I'm so sick of goalkeepers blocking almost every shot that "should" be a goal in real life! I'm so sick of not having any control of my player chasing after a ball that will end up going out of bounds, while using a lot of stamina. I'm so sick of 1 star team strikers being able to pass 5 star team defenders! EA Sports, get your f****** s*** together! Watch some damn real World class futbal and understand the dynamics of futbal.… Expand
Oct 6, 2013Spotless presentation? PLEASE WHAT?
Cruel ball handling
AI extremely stupid
CPU defense behavior ridiculous
Players often sloppy models models to a few loyal players detail
To long loading times
Graphic from the last millennium
WOW super suck balls FIFA 14.
Oct 7, 2013Never been so disappointed with a FIFA game. Game forces you to play one way and punishes you if you try to play differently. Player ratings are absurd. Marketing and game reviews cover the fiasco this game really is. Don´t waste your money this year on FIFA 14. If you do, you will find yourself feeling frustrated instead of having fun. I always loved FIFA and this is my honest opinion onn this game. If you don´t believe me check the FIFA forums and see what everyone else who owns the game is saying about it.… Expand
Oct 10, 2013I only opened an account to write a review on this game! Previously a die hard fifa fan! Loved almost all the series, eventhough they had their flaws they were fun to play! This time the flaws are ever so present and the funness has gone. This game has tried to be so realistic that it succeeds in being as realistic as amateur 14 year olds playing in the park. It takes forever to get the ball out of a players feet either to pass or shoot! Skills are now not even worth attempting, turning... forget it! Defenders always find their way to the ball first regardless of who the attacker is a defender will be able to outmuscle any attacker.
To add to this EA horrible customer service on the phone, they are as helpful as a bag of rotten potatoes!
All in all my game is on Ebay as i type hoping to cut my loses and I might revisit FIFA in a few years after they lose out on lots of gamers and then they will have to change this horrible formula!
WORST GAME I HAVE PLAYED... in a looong time, also its very funny how the reviewers have it as 84 and the actual gamers at 4.5... goes to show how reliable reviewers actually are, and the conspiracy of them being payed of to review in favour of certain games seems to be a reality....… Expand
Oct 18, 2013So after being happy with FIFA 13 ironing out some little problem 12 had, I was hoping for an even cleaner game in 14... Nope! It seems like EA have fallen back into the same problems which 11 had! It's far too easy to put a lobbed through ball onto goal you hardly ever see that in real life, so not very realistic, hmmm? Apparently pace abuse has been sorted by players such as Mertesacker and Toure having been given an extra boost to assist with even gameplay... Nope. It's far to easy to run past a player as the turning and first touch control are awful!!! 90% of goals I've conceded are because of some ridiculous ball play by my players which you'd only expect from Titus Bramble. Again not realistic. The advanced player interaction is a nice addition, but other than that I'm failing to see where 14 excels, it's just frustrating. What a waste of my hard earned money. I hate you EA.… Expand
Oct 22, 2013Worst FIFA release of the past 5 years.
EA have amped up the scripting in this game to such levels that you have virtually no control over your players. Want to volley a first time shot? Forget it, the game will decide you need an extra touch...oops now you lost the ball. The game plays at breakneck speed, so there's no way to think and create anything interesting. You can only get rid of the ball as soon as you get it. Add the freezes and you have an absolute dogs dinner of a game. Avoid at all costs.… Expand
Oct 20, 2013FIFA 14 In some respect could be seen as a slight innovation to the Football series.With the pace mechanics shifted from the last entry FIFA 13.The menus often feel laggy and unresponsive and other components to the game(apart from Ultimate Team) feel unchanged.Career mode feels repetitive.Co-op seasons is amazing.The enjoyment is great when you and your friend score after team work. 7/10 Good
Oct 21, 2013If i could have given this game a minus review believe I would. Its fundamentally broken and will never be fixed, EA just take our £40 each year then laugh in our face's. No wonder they were voted worst company in America... TWICE. I will never buy another FIFA title again.
Oct 22, 2013A game that you could not describe as "Fifa 13.5" It's vastly different and some of it for the better.
Dribbling and ball control can be a little frustrating with people Involuntarily going into the "Precision dribbling" mode when you haven't pressed the button to do so and players just flat out forgetting to trap the ball and letting it roll by them. Besides that dribbling is more realistic, unlike it's predecessor you can't run at full pelt and retain such a high level of control and it's a welcomed feature although I feel that even when you're not sprinting even a player with good control will make a uncharacteristic bad touch and that can be frustrating especially when you're in a good attacking area.
In it's entirety is a lot better and feels a lot realistic and you can easily distinguish a good shooter from a bad one but there is moments where you look and say to yourself "How did that go in?" with shots where a players body position is facing a corner flag yet can strike a ball sweetly enough to make it swerve inside the far corner, heading post and pre patch is probably the most consistent method of goalscoring, Mandzukic, Klose among other strikers proving rather infamous and they can single handedly put you ahead of your opponents (See what I did there? heh)
AI and other miscellaneous Gameplay thoughts
On the whole it's probably better than 13 but there is moments where you simply facepalm and leaves you looking for some thing to impale with your controller, switching can be a frustrating ordeal with heading being a rather popular method of acquiring goals and players not bothering to contest a shot can leave you feeling hard done by.
Goalkeepers are considered by stereotype to be "Crazy" and it seems Fifa are sticking to that with some flat out insane moments where by coming out to punch the ball away seemingly miss the ball and end up breaking the strikers lower jaw or so you think as he gets up with out much as a scratch. There also appears to be a delay between a shot aiming for goal and the keeper actually diving to save it and It can lead to some really tame shots trickling into the bottom corner which can frustrate even the calmest of gamers.
Whilst I think the game is a improvement, the main problem I feel is that you never feel like you have lost genuinely to a player who has bested you this time around due to some irrational action the AI has done instead of what you wanted to do. I think as gamers we want a fair game where as we can play a game and win based on our skills and abilities rather than on something that is beyond our control although I know we cannot control every player on the pitch at the same time but surely it's not a taxing request to have the AI competent enough to not do irrational actions right?
Should anyone at EA read this I want to say this. You are letting your ego and monopoly corrode a famous franchise. We don't expect a perfect game where everything is peachy but we at least expect a game where we as players can win on ability and not on things out of control effect the game as much as it does. We don't like what EA has become and not before long EA could very well be playing catch up to PES and I sincerely hope it does because then we might see EA look to do things right.… Expand
Oct 23, 2013No fun. Horrible 'tactical/contain' defending means online players simply allow the AI to defend for them. Atrocious.
Just a rehash of already poor game (FIFA 13).
Don't put money in EA pockets, complete rip-off merchants. I joined the forum to complain and they Banned me... says it all really. Awful, awful product from a terrible company.
Oct 24, 2013I rate it so low because of ultimate team, which is my absolute favorite thing about the game. Contracts?! have to fight people buying them constantly so the can resell them and spam the market all the time. Everything over priced so to encourage more spending of real money as if 60$ wasnt enough. In game- welcome back to speed abusing and threw balls over and over again oh and the finesse shot from the top of the box that always goes in. ground through balls that always go to the defender instead of playing it to space like it should be. Ultimate team is pure chaos, everyone just sprints around with their head cut off, it is so unrealistic and took all the fun out of the game. I was in division one and won titles no problem last year, this year it is very difficult to put a winning streak together because of the chaos.....so dissapointed as this was one of favorite games, EA you blow and are just money hungry instead of improving the game you made it worse and added just more cheap ways for people to abuse the system… Expand
Nov 5, 2013Worst Fifa ever!! I never felt so angry playing a football game in my life..Fifa is going backwards with this new game..:(.
I bought Fifa 14 two weeks ago and can't play it more than four games without turning it off, never had this problem before... Bad defending, bad player stats, stupid bugs in the game that really get to you when playing..like come on EA with the throw ins, whats with the players chasing the ball all the way up the pitch, then to bring it all the way back down to where he should be taking it, then changing it onto another player to take the throw in..whats the point??. A few hours ago I was playing it and someone crossed the ball into my box, I had two defenders standing right beside each other and the ball was perfect for them to head away, not one of them (DANTE & BOATENG Champions League winning team like..) made any attempt to head it away..My Nanny would of heading this away and imagine what Fifa stats she'd have.. I never post comments about games but I had to with this Fifa, really head wrecking..do another update EA and give us buyers a football game. 0/10… Expand
Nov 7, 2013Instead of moving forwards and improving upon FIFA 13, EA have managed to create one of the worst FIFA's ever made. Despite claiming that the new slower form of play is more realistic, it is most certainly not. It takes far too long to pass/shoot/turn/tackle and it feels as though you are playing with a constant lag. Instead of making the game more realistic it simply causes the midfield the clog up sue to the slow play and makes it appear as though you are watching an U9's game down at the local park where all the players run towards to ball and group together in 10 yard radius. Utter rubbish, and glad that I've only had to play on my mates and didn't actually buy the game myself!… Expand
Nov 13, 2013Inconsistent. Frustrating. If you like possession and build up, you will be disappointed. Slowed down gameplay is a great theory. Works offline, but online is a completely different beast. Gamespeed varies wildly. Rewards mindless tactics. The shooting feels more realistic. Feels like your fighting the player switching and passing more often than not. Feels like another EA game that got pushed to meet the deadline. Some matches are completely unplayable. Players stand around. Ball physics closer to a rubber beachball than a soccer ball. Save your … Expand
Nov 29, 2013Oh man! I created a Metacritic account just to review this horrid game! I have bought every Fifa title since 2006 and my Fifa playing days go back to around 1996! I'm pretty good at this game and used to play on Legendary in pretty much every title until Fifa 13. I used to have a system for playing defense that was unbeatable until they made tactical defending in last year's version. Fine with me. I'm all for more realistic tackling and ball physics....whatever. I still pretty much crushed in Fifa 13. The pace was awesome and the dribbling was spot on. If you can dribble, which I was good at, last year's version is fantastic. I can almost say that Fifa 13 for me was amazing on almost every level.....except......the career mode! I love the career mode and it's the main reason that I buy the game. Create a player with your own likeness and RPG the out of it. Absolutely love that fantasy. EA Canada just doesn't give a FLYING F*** that this mode is important to a lot of gamers! They just don't care. Last year's career mode was filled with sooo many glitches that it absolutely ruined it for me. Not to mention it fails miserably in comparison to the depth and quality of other career modes or my player modes in other sports titles. For example the NBA2K series' career mode is incredibly deep. It is pretty much what I would like to play for my favorite sport! Fifa 14 career mode is THE EXACT SAME thing as Fifa 13, just that they( for the most part) fixed the glitches that marred the previous installment. I actually don't mind Fifa 14's career mode. It's ok, but wtf is it offering that's cutting edge or even interesting to delve into? NOTHING I'm not interested in Ultimate team and playing online, because you have to PLAY ALL THE TIME to get ranked and it's not feasible for someone that is not a professional gamer. So that's just career mode. Disappointing and not worthwhile half-assed effort from EA Canada. They can give two ****s, I know. Now that's not the most upsetting thing about it, though. The most disappointing thing about FIFA14 is THE F***ING GAMEPLAY! They absolutely killed it. Killed the pace of the game, the dribbling, the passing.....they ruined pretty much everything!!!! When you take control of a player in Fifa14, it's like moving a bus or a tractor trailer. Every dribble move takes longer to pull off and the whole left trigger-to-shield-off-opponent bull**** is exactly that. BULL****! LOL you almost have to play lobbed through balls every time.....don't even try to thread the needle with a hard through ball......it will NEVER HAPPEN. Guess what happens when you time that lobbed through ball to perfection and are pretty much clear on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat......the slowest and I mean slowest of defenders will catch up to your striker and almost overtake him EVERY TIME. LOL I played the other day with my friend who plays on a high level just like me....I chipped a through ball to Lewandowski, sprinting on goal with ten yards between him and the last defender. It took I feel like less than a second for the defenders to make up the ground and almost steamroll on top of him like two locomotives lol. HE JUST GOT BOSSED OFF THE BALL IN A FLASH and I barely got a half shot off. I bring Walcott in as a sub in a different game.....his pace makes NO DIFFERENCE in this game. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRIBBLE PAST ANY DEFENDER.....that makes the game almost unplayable....OH OH and how bout the crossing......no matter if you are there first, or press the button to clear and are holding left trigger to try to hold off your opponent, they will beat you to the ball almost 85% of the time. The auto switching on air balls was bad last year, well this year forget trying to defend against a cross or a corner.....lol it's a crapshoot who will win the header.....Fifa 13 took skill to play, but this utter monstrosity that is called FIFA14 takes that skill and shoves it up your ass lol. Last year I could take a player like Ramsey who is rated 77 and score a Messi goal with him. This year, you'll be lucky to score with Messi bec. he will handle like a supercharged bus, but a bus is still a f***ing bus! EA, I think I am done with this franchise. It truly feels like you are now milking your cash cow and don't care about truly innovating and raising this game to the next level! Shame shame shame. I wasn't sure whether there was anything to the "scripted" gameplay ramblings, but there is some sense in it, bec. the airballs are consistently undefendable and the dribbling and the pace of the game is absolutely horrendous.......how on earth can Walcott not be able to make a move and sprint past a tired defender. Even the knock on move that EA created last year they went and ruined lol. This game in my opinion is the absolute worst of the franchise. It might seem polished since they own all the licenses, but they ruined the amazing fluidity of the game! FIFA 14 ABSOLUTE GARBAGE! Money back please… Expand
Dec 4, 2013Paid for reviews is the only thing I can imagine has happened here, there is no way in hell that these game reviewers could honestly award it as high as they did.
Let's imagine scripting and momentum isn't anything for this review.
The Defending AI is worse than every, constantly cutting back for a fraction of a second when a through ball in the air is played. Fumbling into each other, over each other and into your keeper. The AI controlled defenders will ignore your defender choice at times and still mark the same player you are even when you don't call for assistance.
The attacking AI is either rarely making a move or moving so far off side is just disgusting, The game even after numerous patches is still dominated by long lobbed through balls and crosses which just remove any sort of challenge. Player a tall striker like Benteke upfront on ultimate teams and just watch the goals pour in.
First touch is now non existent, players like messi at times have the first touch akin to the fat guy who plays five a side and only got invited because you were seriously desperate for players. One moment you can turn on the ball immediately after receiving and the next if you dare turn within 2 seconds of receiving the ball they WILL lose possession. The sprint button has now become a combination of knock on and sprint making the game a much slower pace unless you're bursting down the wings... but don't really expect much to happen as the game seems to make the defending team 10% quicker as soon as their opponent gains possession. This sort of gameplay makes Emile Heskey look good.
Passing and switching is the worst I've seen in any fifa, the passing is so... well it ignores what you tell it. Want to pass left? How about as soon as I receive the ball I do a quick 180, quicker than you could actually do by choice due to the awful first touch but when I do turn, I'll kick it in the complete opposite direction and then to make it more fun, I will force you to watch your uncontrollable player to chase it down. I mean... don't even consider bringing your keeper out of the box, you might have 2 miles of space but 9/10 the keeper will kick the immediately leaving your goal open straight after. Player switching is Auto by default and the options are Full Auto, Air Balls only AKA Full Auto and Manual which actually surprise surprise... appears to be a combination of Manual, Air Balls Only and Full Auto, I can let go of my controller and see my player switch rather rapidly.
Silly 'bugs' like being unable to receive a throw-in make this game absolutely infuriating, how could EA possibly this up. My player will remain stuck to the ground but as soon as I make the throw-in he will charge towards the ball and either watch it sail over his head, or duck out the way! Sometimes you feel like you get stuck in a perpetual game of piggy in the middle when tackling. It doesn't matter how you approach it the ball will always rebound into the opponent and this can go on for 10+ tackles perfectly landing at their feet each time. Players constantly bump into each other (AI (your team) into your player). This is especially noticeable on kick off, sometimes the AI will literally barge me off the ball within 0.1s of the ball being kicked.
Actual AI gameplay is probably worse than Fifa 12/13, it was never that good to be honest as there were always ways of winning reliably, Fifa 13 was a case of curling the shot from the edge of the box and putting it in that way.
When people think I've given this game a 1/10 review because I'm butthurt, think for a moment. I'm not giving it because I'm butthurt, I'm actually not. I bought the game full price, played a few games online, two full seasons (Manager) and a handful of nights with friends versus. I realised my mistake almost immediately after the game presented me with a dribbling skill challenge, at that point I realised what they had done.
Though the reason why I have given it such a low score and is the absolute fundamental problem, EA have once again somehow managed to copy and paste a game, slightly alter the GUI and along with carrying issues from previous titles have systematically completely ****ed up features that are imperative to a football game, the worst offender being throw-ins immediately putting you at a disadvantage.
Fifa reminds me of the war between Intel and AMD, the only competitor is pretty much always considered as the lesser of the two. Being the dominant game they can do what they want and we'll still accept the crap that gets churned out.
Games like this and Battlefield 4 prove to me, that game review sites are indeed paid for by publishers. Even my girlfriend (who doesn't play any games at all) spotted immediate flaws in Fifa gameplay within mere moments of playing. How a reviewer couldn't spot them? Well, all that delicious 'free' goodies from EA must of got in their way.… Expand
Nov 17, 2013It seems that quite a lot of reviews of FIFA 14 have been made by people yet to be completely accustomed to the new style. A frustrating game at first, FIFA 14 will infuriate with its loose control and cause broken controllers with its "players turn like milk" policy, but eventually the creases can be ironed out with a change in style of play.
Focusing specifically on possession-based football, EA have gone from making a game all about skill and pace to making a game that isn't impacted on by either. However, the effort you have to put in makes winning all the more rewarding.
Having said that, the inconsistency between each game is what spoils the overall experience. Stoke can pass like Barcelona and beat you 3-0, but Arsenal can't string a pass together and you can waltz to victory.
Enjoyable? Perhaps not. The worst game of the year? Hell no.… Expand
Nov 12, 2013This game dishes out pain and pleasure in unequal measure, unequal as that is how unbalanced Fifa 14 is. For example its normally Ultimate Team were noobs have a fighting chance but with seasons mode, where skill and tactics used to be key, noobs got smashed to bits. Unfortunately now its the other way round, because in seasons every noob runs to Real Madrid, so unless you are either Barcelona or Manchester City you have virtually no chance with Bale, CR7 and co running at your defense. With the game new mechanics players with pace and height (CR7, Bale, Ibarbo, etc) will tear the likes of Thaigo Silva apart. I like the new mechanics and the slowed down gameplay, but having such an over-powered team unbalances the game. UT mode has vastly improved, with the ability to change formations at will now and the ability to enhance player stats with boost cards. It's far more a tactical battle there, but it shouldn't be this way. Overall better this year in some parts, far far worse in others.… Expand
Oct 30, 2013Just like the recent current-gen sports titles, like NHL 14, NBA 2k14, and Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 brings nothing new to current-gen consoles and is just a re-skin of FIFA 13 with a roster update. FIFA looks great for next-gen, but FIFA 14 is a complete bust for the Xbox 360. Pure-shot brings nothing dramatically new to the table and other than that, this is the same damn game. Do not buy this generations edition of FIFA! You'll regret it if you did!… Expand
Oct 17, 2013I'm perplexed by the number of bad reviews Fifa 14 has on Metacritic. It's an improvement on Fifa 13 in every way.
1. The gameplay is better. Players are more agile and shift their weight when defending and shooting. The AI is WAY better they attack and defend creatively. It's true that goals tend to happen closer to the end of the first and second half there's definitely a 'morale' system that has been implemented behind the scenes to make it more dramatic. That being said, there are a lot of things that are implemented in games without being overt, so it's not necessarily a problem (it happens to everyone, so how could that be unfair)?
2. The format is better. Fifa 13 had pretty ugly presentation, and had lots of popups and menus that weren't necessary. Fifa 14 looks much better in this sense.
3. Game modes are better. FUT is more complex, Career and Pro modes are slight improvements.
My only complaint is that the graphics are only marginally better, namely the weather conditions and stadiums. It will feel pretty clunky compared to the Xbox One/ PS4 versions.
I don't understand all the people whining about everything. If you don't like incremental improvements in games, don't buy games that come out once a year!… Expand
Sep 30, 2013It's a great football game, but that doesn't mean it's all good and all gold. The game represents an actual football game a whole lot better than FIFA 13: It's not just mindless running from end to end, you have to work the midfield instead. But you have to relearn some basic skills like passing (even in assisted mode you have to be more careful with your aim) and you can't just rely on through balls. The much hyped new AI actually seems to be no better than before with the defenders not closing in on lonely attackers and teammates not going for loose balls after succesful tackles. And the reduced speed of the game, while it's a good thing, has probably gone a bit too far with the speedsters like Walcott not being able to outrun huge lumbering centre backs.
It's far from perfect, but it's a solid performance. You won't miss much, though, if you don't upgrade from FIFA 13.… Expand
Dec 9, 2013AWFUL, going backwards, even worse & more scripted then FIFA 13. Every year a false hopes that it will be better and only gets worse.. SCRIPTED to worthlessness, it just doesn't let you play against your opponent... ALL PEOPLE WANT, IS TO BE ABLE TO PLAY AGAINST OPPONENTS & LET THE BEST PLAYER WIN, NOT EA DECIDING WHO WINS.. So obvious that the bias engine clearly throws the game in only 1 direction. This is not momentum it's cheating, worse of all is that there is nothing you can do about it... Its like EA thought people wouldn't notice when they dismantled ones ability to control the players.. They also made it where trapping the ball is impossible sometimes, not matter if you push button to trap, strait ignores it (this is for offense, defenders have no trouble trapping anything, including shots) just shameless shameless, this is real people the play and at some point loved this game, for some reason EA has not figured out that people are not going to eat EA $hit.… Expand
Nov 5, 2013This game was good except for FUT. In the tutorial they teach you about chemistry and they make it look really easy but when you get your team its so hard to build the chemistry. Then your team sucks and you can't win. I just play it for the manager career which if you pick a good team then this game is really fun.
Dec 6, 2013HORRIBLE GAMEPLAY! AVOID!
I've invested a lot of time into Fifa 14 and I have to say that I have yet to have anything like what could be described as fun playing it. There's a slower pace to the game, you can play with manual passing which forces you to pick your passes very carefully but the lifeless A.I. means that your teammates never move for the ball. What's more, first touch is non-existent in this game which is unforgivable in any football game. Football is all about touch and passing and Fifa can't really do either.
The two thumb sticks could have been put to real use but instead the right stick is designated for skill moves which look nice in videos but simply don't knit with the gameplay. Fifa is chained to some slick animations that actually detract from play. Compare to NHL where the gameplay is beautifully intuitive, the right stick moves the hockey stick, the left stick skates. If only the same principles were brought to Fifa.
Stop buying Fifa, it's a horrible engine, a horrible game It's the least fun you can have without actually playing any football.… Expand
Sep 27, 2013BIEN, QUE PUEDO DECIR, "FIFA 14" ME DECEPCIONO, CREÍ QUE A MEDIDA QUE PASABAN LOS AÑOS "FIFA" TAMBIÉN IBA A MEJORAR, PERO FIFA 14 ES FIFA 13, ES LO MISMO, MISMA JUGABILIDAD, MISMOS GRÁFICOS, ELECTRONIC ARTS PARA ENMENDAR LAS COSAS, QUISO CAMBIAR EL MENÚ DEL JUEGO SOLO PARA DECIR, SI, HICIMOS FIFA 14 Y NADIE NOTARA QUE ES IGUAL A EL FIFA 13, BIEN EN CONCLUSIÓN ESTE 6 LO PONGO PORQUE SIEME SIEMPRE FIFA ME HA GUSTADO, Y BIEN, TAMBIEN HAY QUE APRECIAR EL MERITO DE ELECTRONIC ARTS. SI FIFA 14 ESTE AÑO LA "CAGO".… Expand
Oct 11, 2013A game trying to find it roots but struggling to match promise with actual quality.
FIFA 13 was an abomination of football,; very arcade like and tremendously based around pace and auto-defending however FIFA 14 hasn't strayed too far away from this model and offers a glitch riddled game that dictates how you should play.
In recent years FIFA has favoured the casual gamer and created a few do-it-all game actions, one of these was the long ball, which destroyed the enjoyment of playing single and online modes and the other was team mate press.
To rectify these problems in 14 they have closed the gap between pace which means 90 pace isn't a million miles an hour faster than 69 pace. This is great as it resembles real life but in their wisdom to make the game more realistic they have handed the problem to another button.
This button is the team mate press and jockey combination, for example whereas in real life a 6foot+ giant has little physical trouble against a 5 foot 5 midget in FIFA the seasoned player can decimate all large targets simply by using an auto-tackle built into the jockey button. This destroys the enjoyment of online for the many and for the seasoned sorts makes the game very tense and enjoyment free. This is a real sad step in the series because combined with the continued use of auto-tackle, in both jockey and team mate press form, the online experience is ruined and made into a chore.
Defending successfully is about using the computer to do the work for you, and this is further exemplified by the single player mode where on very high levels contain defending is the only way to break down play (making a tackle button fairly pointless), it's a real shame EA and FIFA's developers hadn't thought about defending as a two schools of thought, contain and tackling. The problems with the jostle button are further exemplified on high levels where the CPU will continually push you off the ball making games very challenging.
This is actually great as FIFA13 was extremely easy, but the learning curve is too high, and unless you use the AI to tackle for you makes for games of chance and not ability.
Further on the gameplay side FIFA is slower, nicer to play (though first touch is not perfect as it was) and with better passing options but it lacks a lot of finesse and is riddled with flaws that the gaming community exploit heavily...football fans are almost dead in this particular game. (FPS players love a camper right?!)
Career modes are good as usual, which means single player is fun (unless playing on a high setting) and Ultimate Team actually feels like it is back to supporting players and not traders.
Some issues remain; coin selling websites, long ball and pace well matched allies, it's hard to earn coins and prices for players are high however due to the passing game being mostly supported an average player can use the less favourable cards with decent success.
FIFA 14 is a step in the right direction but if you're looking to recreate the beautiful game you're best waiting till FIFA 15 or looking at Pro Evolution soccer; FIFA 14 gameplay simply hasn't matched the heights of their marketing and licenses and this is a real shame for us purists.
FIFA 14, the gamers game; you are FIFA and FIFA is not football.… Expand
Oct 22, 2013I simply had to write a review as I found myself laughing at the 0's and 1's that people have put. This game is wonderful, really really ramping up the realism another notch. If you want an arcade game that plays like an arcade game, then get PES. The main issue that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these bad reviewers have is that they had learned how to beat everybody in previous FIFAs and in this new one this methods no longer work and they have spat their dummies out. I think that expression is particularly relevant here as a huge portion of the reviewers are not old enough to remember FIFA on a console prior to the Playstation 3 or Original XBOX.
I had FIFA Soccer on the Sega Megadrive and have watched this game go from strength to strength.. There have always been the occasional banana skin from EA (FIFA 09 with the stats nerfer aka the attitude/mentality simulator from going up or down goals anyone?) but this year it has been a real breath of fresh air.
I found myself disliking this iteration in the first week of play too, because it was worse? no, because I couldn't use the tactics that I had relied on over the last 3 years to win anymore. I went from 10-0 victories in FIFA13 to 3-0 losses in 14. This years FIFA has made me relearn the beutiful game.
In addition to this, this years game has made me exclaim 'Wow! That is so much like something I saw on MOTD last night' or 'Oh my god, that was a CLASSIC Vertonghen tackle'. It now plays like real football. you have to think about how to advance. Gone has being able to pass the ball to a quick defender and sprint from one end of the pitch to another and score a laces goal from just inside the box.. It rarely happens in real life and so why should it happen in FIFA?
I am delighted with the new FIFA and have relished the challenge of re-learning the new mechanics. I have not seen a single bug with keepers letting in crosses or offsides being wrong... but hell, if I DO see it? I will be delighted that the referee or keeper has made a mistake once in a while.. because guess what? That's football. 10/10 for me.… Expand
Oct 24, 2013Somewhere here, there is a great game struggling to show itself under a fog of over-dominant AI, lack of control and lack of responsiveness. EA have the right idea introducing realistic inertia/momentum, but the execution is terrible in this game. 1) The effects of inertia are too inconsistent. When a player gets the ball, he feels heavier and slower to turn than without it. Even nimble, quick-footed players like Robben and Messi struggle to make 2 quick turns in succession. And remember. These guys are world class players not village players. However, defenders charging in at full speed are capable of producing perfect tackles, regardless of their angle of approach and speed, seemingly immune to momentum or inertia. This makes charging a far more effective tactic than it should be, because the risk attached is so low. Defenders seem to only be affected by inertia if you move them from a standing start, or if you don't point the player accurately enough at the ball carrier and overrun it. Inertia can't be a random variable surely? 2) Pass weight is so slow. Every pass seems under hit and the ball is almost at a virtual stop by the time it reaches the recipient. The game doesn't let you take control of the receiving player until the pass reaches a certain distance from him, so you're left standing waiting. This is just as frustrating for the defending team, because you can see the pass and are within reach of intercepting it, but the game doesn't let you, so you have to watch it roll by. So, combine points 1 and 2 and you get; 3) the ball carrier constantly has 2 or 3 players on top of him. He is within their 'tackling radius' (or 'influence radius') and you lose responsiveness. When trying to pass under pressure, far too often the ball goes magnet-like to the charging player to intercept, who despite running at full pelt and having the ball just knocked off him is capable of controlling and running off with the ball. Give the same player a 5 yard pass to feet however and he'll take 4 touches, or even better still, just stand there as the ball bounces off him. 4) This is magnified yet again, because when you turn your back on the player and use the 'protect the ball' function, it barely works. More often than not, the more aggressive player will grapple the ball carrier off the ball or just run clean into him and knock him off the ball. The shoddy refereeing programming means that you rarely (if ever) receive a foul. 5) The AI is automated to aggressively pressure in groups. A new addition, probably because EA developers saw the success of Bayern & Dortmund and thought their game should replicate this style. FOR ALL TEAMS. AT ALL TIMES. So you protect the ball from the first challenge, only for 3 or 4 other players to hound you down in milliseconds. 6) Acceleration of quick players since patch is non-existent and pretty much every defender can catch up having been skinned, even outperforming their stats when the contain button is held. Mertesacker catching up to Neymar having been beaten, to perform an inch perfect slide tackle, for example. It means the incentive to be careful about your defensive decisions is minimal, because the AI will recover for you. Worse still, if you press shoot to get a shot away before the defender has caught up, the game delays you until they have. The shot is blocked, it looks realistic, but the player who pressed shoot 2 seconds ago is wondering why it took Neymar 2 seconds to shoot! Another manufactured/scripted scenario. The key to being good at this game comes NOT down to making thoughtful football decisions, but being able to aim well and press the right button at the OPTIMUM time. If you get your button presses right in this game, it disables the other player's button press and plays out an animation almost like a micro-cutscene. Anyone good at the game how doesn't agree (I'm in Div 1 having lost only 2 games so far) is in denial. The game is 75% CPU-controlled, if not more. It feels like your decisions are successful when (and only when) the game has decided to allow it. It throws in an AI howler, or opens you a clear path to goal, or sends a rebound to your feet, or directs all of your opponent's tackles bouncing straight back to your feet. There are long spells of reduced control and nerfing that happen in periods of matches where you are "under pressure" whether you like it or not. You know the one, right? Passes won't go where you aim, inertia physics suddenly feel like players are trudging through mud and have the strength and reaction times of a poorly tortoise. Scripted micro-events that EA refuse to acknowledge, but are as obvious as the nose on my face. This is a football game designed to be played with build up play, but with glaring oversights rendering it over-complicated to achieve the simple things, yet very easy to pull off things that would be considered the most difficult skills to achieve in real life. Such a disappointment.… Expand
Oct 24, 2013Having been lucky to experience this on the next gen at Eurogamer; going back to FIFA 14 on the 360 just shows how stretched the series has become in recent years. EA certainly have plenty of ideas taking the game forward on the PS4 and ONE but the current systems are really showing their age with only a few improvements once again. EA have essentially taken FIFA as far as they can on the current generation but do leave a few neat additions as we look forward to the future.
I felt 13 was far too pacey with the better teams but this years outing is considerably slower; too slow if anything and exhaustively uninspiring with weaker teams. If they kept to a similar pacing like FIFA 12; this game would be finely balanced. Some may argue it is more realistic but even the most avid football fans want more of a flow as this is a game after all and not a 90 minute simulation.
Defending is much easier but attacking is now trickier to master which results in many matches being orchestrated around the midfield. Matches now are tighter than ever particularly on the more challenging difficulty settings.
The presentation is much improved in the menus but the textures in game are still lacking compared to the likes of NBA, Madden and the superb MLB The Show. EA have pushed it to the limit visually and it is still lacking with some poor textures and shoddy stadiums. The cardboard crowd is also back as EA fail to represent football with a convincing matchday feel. Thankfully we see more animations this time around in-game which improves the way players look when they pass and shoot and move around with the ball. The general shooting is much improved and the gameplay feels less scripted but it still is not a giant leap we were hoping for.
Thankfully the next gen version is highly polished with a full 3D crowd, 10x more animations and with vastly improved free-flowing matches; this version will be a huge basis for EA to work from well into the future. The presentation is absolutely superb along with the pace. Overall; FIFA 14 on the 360 and PS3 is an acceptable game which has slight differences but I'd wait for the next gen to really kick off this game for the coming months.… Expand
Nov 2, 2013worst game ever u ever woke up in the morning and u cant sit down but u dont know why thats how i feel,, fifa14 is scripted i put vid on youtube a screen shot fifa14 scripting momentum ,,match intensity, fed up of havn 10 shot 8 on target ,second half starts opponents 1st shot of half 3rd all game what a surprise he scored, i scoed 2 goals opponet scored 2 golas 90th minute 4 goals in in 90th minute,,if you do the math 1 minute in real lfe is 7.5 fifa minutes so if 4 goals go in 90th minute, 15 to 30 seconds to score each goal anywhere between 1 and 2 minutes whch in fifa time is 7.5 to 15 minutes extra time,,even fergie time didnt last 7.5 minutes never mind 15,,, game of football 90 minutesa fifa game 12 mnutes, 90 divided by 12 =7.5… Expand
Nov 8, 2013Problems with this games well... lots, I understand that the game is meant to be more realistic so they made the physics, behaviors more realistic but it made the game play to slow. The new user interface was horrible to use stick to the old one, as I used to think that was the best menu et-up you can get on the game. They made it too much like for a tablet because of the new gen so when you go on you can swipe through the menu, I don't like that.… Expand
Nov 9, 2013I dislike it when unrealistic transfers take place every transfer window.
The teams wear the same gear every year.
Players retire at an early age.
Players slide and fall around on a wet fields and walk off as if they came out of a washing machine. Every time a through ball is given to 2 attackers, 1 offside, 1 onside, the ref blows assuming the ball was for the offside attacker!.
Whilst running with the ball close to one of my team mates on my way to score, he dispossesses me! and sometimes they are offside too and the ref blows.
What is the point of skill games? It has no effect on the career Pro, manager nor FUT, fun and challenging yes but useless. The way skill games can be useful is if it can be training which affects your pro's ability.
The crowd is fine as is, I don't care about how the fans look unless they start running onto the field, hugging players and stopping the game play.
I like the stadiums, they shouldn't remove just add more. The stadiums that are added has to be ones that are familiar to the world of FIFA you know, like those used for the previous World Cups.
They say Fifa 14 is alive" then why don't players and referees deliberately do things? make mistakes? like real "alive" people do.
I see online that there is the idea of "dynamic weather" that is as real as it gets! why is this an idea only now, it should have been in the game a long time ago.
The GTN is such a good idea gone terribly wrong, again, there is no point to it. If I want to scout a player I use the old method, get them young and let them grow to be the best. I think it would be so much more effective if the two methods were combined in to one.
Players and managers earn salaries in the game, why? I understand the concept but this salary cannot be used and this renders the idea, useless.
The graphics are fine, you know who has the ball without hearing the commentator nor looking at the name bar.
The precision movement is a great addition but needs to be refined, game play is sluggish.
Ball physics is my favorite, the best goals ever seen is on FIFA14!.
On FUT I made a substitution and the view didn't change, I was impressed with that, fluidity was maintained.
The HUD is very good, the way it displays online and offline info and the pictures displayed, its nice.
Like the message inbox, which still pops up after a match though but bearable.
Commentary has been improved, still too much repetitiveness.
Overall, more real,challenging and professional than 13 but so much less fun to play.… Expand
Oct 28, 2013While I have mixed feelings about EA’s perch on this lucrative pedestal, it’s hard to to argue that the EA Canada team hasn’t earned it, and doesn’t continue to earn it, by delivering a game that really does feel better, really does feel different, every year, even if you have to be an avid player of the game to really appreciate how.