Preview – EA SPORTS FIFA 14
Football (or Soccer if you’re of the American persuasion) has long established itself as the UK’s favourite pastime, whether it be a five a side knock about with some mates down the park or following your team around the country whilst trying to avoid Millwall fans. TV coverage of the sport has long been at the forefront of innovation and remains one of the few reasons to actually invest in a decent 3D screen. The nation’s second favourite pastime would appear to be recreating the thrill of match day in the comfort of your own home with games like PES 2013 Pro Evolution Soccer (that’ll be those Americans again), FIFA Manager 13, or arguably the best football game currently on the market, EA Sports’ Fifa series. For the next update to the long running franchise EA are promising some interesting new features. I hear what you’re saying, aren’t the yearly installments just little more than roster updates and new commentaries? Well for FIFA 14 the developers have created a new Real Ball Physics System which combined with their Pure Shot gameplay mechanic, promises the player unprecedented control of the ball when approaching the goal, being able to alter stride and approach angle with greater accuracy and even pull off off balance and rushed shots. EA marketing department hyperbole aside, the most intriguing addition to the game will be a focus on midfield play, an area that seems often to take a back seat to the more exciting scoring opportunities, even though this is where most of the game is played. Teammate intelligence has been beefed up so the AI players will take advantage of pitch space, outsmart the other team and provide support in the crucial defense positions.
We’re still quite a few months out from seeing if FIFA 14 lives up to expectations, and in the mean time, FIFA 13 still rules the roost when it comes to soccer games (sorry football games). The football season comes to an end in May so now’s the time to pick up a copy and keep your footy fix going.
FIFA 13 – Origin download key - £12.99