Average User Score: 5.8Jan 9, 2015A solid 8.8 for me, where this game maintains it's high quality edge it improves on its offering. With too many races to mention, a hugeA solid 8.8 for me, where this game maintains it's high quality edge it improves on its offering. With too many races to mention, a huge catalogue for cars enthusiasts and variable gameplay for novices and experts Forza 5 is a delight to play.
It's not without its flaws, for example its not really next gen in the truest offering even though it doesn't lack any polish, it isn't offering anything spectacularly innovative in terms of gameplay but it's still really fun to play and definitely has longevity, however the flaws are nit picking because it's a game which gives you exactly what you want it you're a Forza fan and a great game if you're either a racing fan or looking for something to play.
I am more of the Colin McRae/Micro Machines fan but Forza gives me the immersion F1 wants me to have, the racing heart Gran Turismo aspires to give and the pick up and play Wipeout once gave.
It's fun, it's cheap and it's Forza, the franchise still isn't stale even if it needs some refreshing to be considered unmatched; you can't go wrong if you get it and when you have it hours of fun are sure to follow.
If you're late to the Xbox One this game is worthy of your time, especially as it can be bought for less than £15.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.1Oct 11, 2013A game trying to find it roots but struggling to match promise with actual quality.
FIFA 13 was an abomination of football,; very arcadeA 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
Average User Score: 4.4Jul 30, 2013Can I justify a 6? Just about.
This game is for the fan, or someone caught in the early 2000's where strafing was king. On a personalCan I justify a 6? Just about.
This game is for the fan, or someone caught in the early 2000's where strafing was king.
On a personal level I feel a 6 is justified; humour, good bosses, a sense of Duke and a blast from start to finish but the loading times, poor consideration of how people aim a weapon and general gameplay will leave most gamers reaching for another title.
There isn't much to say about this game, it's a dated FPS with problems at every turn, it has no real plot but it's not meant to, it's a enjoyable romp into nostalgia and worth picking up from a bargain bin if you love the Duke.
I paid £10 and was happy to help the makers of once great game, others might feel £5 is right.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Jul 30, 2013This is the worst FIFA since star players scored from 45 yards, but at least in that FIFA you had fun.
I shall start with the positive, theThis is the worst FIFA since star players scored from 45 yards, but at least in that FIFA you had fun.
I shall start with the positive, the game modes. FIFA's game modes are well thought out, nicely presented and very varied; they entice you to play the game in a variety of ways and will keep you entertained for hours.
When you make a quality move the game looks great and you get a strong sense that you were solely responsible for the ball going in the back of the net; celebrations are plentiful too, if you enjoy waving your arms.
The negative; unfortunately these game modes are blighted by awful gameplay and a quite terrible focus on pace. This is particularly noticeable on the Ultimate Team online mode where the one button to defend, long balls to attack, and constant CPU tackles can leave you very frustrated.
Referee's are terrible, they get in the way, make terrible calls and make strange advantage decisions.; the first touch system is unusual and for defenders a real issue as bad touches combined with the push/pull system means the man mountain Samba would easily lose the ball to the diminutive Barry Bannan. Goal keepers are very inconsistent and due to the long shot exploit, where you shoot after any move/skill/knock on, are statues from distance.
However this is just the start as when you learn these exploits the varied game modes also become a waste of your time, even on the highest difficulty all you need to do is recreate the Ultimate Team online ethos and add countering from corners/goal kicks to get you constant wins.
The quality of your team is unimportant, as long as someone has pace you'll be fine. In manager mode this is very annoying as you don't feel like there is any point to progressing your players.
This takes all fun out of the game, especially as when you decide to learn something different, for example skills, the computer AI will take the ball from you with ease...just run...the game is about little more.
The extras; the game looks pretty, the largest names in football are there, though scouting/searches are awful, and you get to play your favourite sport virtually....just don't try and embrace the beautiful game; there is no room for your efforts in FIFA 13.
All in all I simply can't rate this game higher than a 6, and I feel that is almost generous; having been disappointed by games such as Duke Nukem Forever I can at least say they have a modicum of entertainment whereas this edition of FIFA has been a real let down, as had EA's appalling community service and interaction.… Expand