Each year, the FIFA franchise grows a new branch and another title is added to the long array of games that have been released over the decades. Whether the modifications are big or small, what's new is always better, or at least that's what EA SPORTS would have you believe, by announcing a long list of improvements.
Many gameplay fixes and adjustments
Much to no one's surprise, the latest installment in the series is called FIFA 14 and it aims to bring forth many new gimmicks, as well as remove some from last year, in case they were not working accordingly. Moreover, the team rosters have been updated to take into account the official transfers, loans or retirements for the 2014-2015 season.
However, there are some promises regarding better player movement on the field, as well as more accurate ball physics and some new AI technology, but the differences are not very easy to spot in the actual game. The gameplay does feel a bit smoother with each new release, though, which can only make for a better in-game experience and more accurate player control.
Improved graphics and team editor
Although the option has been available in many of the old titles as well, the new title talks about the team editor tool, which allows you to create your own unique clubs and complete with them in the desired leagues. In addition, they can be customized even further by making use of the chemistry styles function, which handles how the entire team thinks and acts on the pitch.
Finally, the technical aspect is always slightly improved from episode to episode, although the step is sometimes greater when the engine receives a significant upgrade. This time, however, it is not the case and the only modifications can be observed in the improved played models, the refined special effects and some more high-resolution textures for a couple of clubs.
The same FIFA experience from start to finish
In the end, FIFA 14 is definitely a good game, but it does not really innovate itself at all and it fees like a diversion until the real sequel comes out. Despite that, in case you do not already own the previous title, this one is worth the buy, especially if you happen to own a dedicated controller.