By Gareth McKnight
The FIFA 14 demo has been released, with the full version of the game set to be launched on 27th September in the UK. The overwhelming majority of those talking about the demo on Twitter are making positive noises, with EA Sports keen to introduce changes to the game this year.
One of the main criticisms of the last game, FIFA 13, was that it was very similar to its predecessor, with limited changes to the gameplay or graphics between the two versions. With that in mind, the new edition has promised a lot more features and for the interaction to be more realistic.
On first sight and having a fiddle with the demo, the change in pace is noticeable. In previous versions it has become too easy to simply play long through-balls, with pacey wingers and strikers breaking through opposition defences to get into one-on-one situations with goalkeepers – after a while it became predictable and tedious.
However, the new version seems to take a bit more skill and precision to forge such opportunities. Speed no longer seems to be the overarching attribute that you should look for, with the individual player’s technique and strength more prevalent in the latest version.
When attacking it feels like you need to be more measured and methodical to break down opponents and the gameplay certainly has more of a realistic feel to it. There seems to be more intelligence in this version of the game, with teammates making clever runs and apparently aware of the offside trap. It means that passing football rules the roost over simply launching the ball over the top and getting fast players to run after it. EA Sports accredit this improvement to the Ignite Engine, a new feature for this version.
The graphics have also been tweaked slightly and look improved, while the game commentary is interesting and insightful – with Jeff Stelling on board to provide pre-match ambles! The match sounds are as realistic as ever, with the crowd wonderfully responsive.
My initial thoughts on the demo are that it is clear that the powers that be behind the game have taken on board feedback from the fans, and have tried to address some of the areas where improvements can be made. Playing the demo is enjoyable and more technical than in previous editions, which has been vocalised online by those who have done likewise.
With the full release upcoming, FIFA 14 has the potential to be the most popular version of the EA Sports classic in recent years.
You can download the FIFA 14 demo here (and follow the same link if you’d like to pre-order the game ahead of launch).
FIFA 14 was reviewed by Gareth McKnight. FIFA 14 will be released in the UK on September 27th.
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