FIFA 14 is available from your local Game store.
So here we are again, another season, another Fifa. It remains one of the core games which supports the consoles year after year, providing us with the edge of the seat action and ever astounding realism, and thanks to GAME sending me a copy – I get to review it for you!
I wasted no time and jumped straight into my manager career for Rochdale. There is a lot to prepare for to start off which is great if you’re a stickler for details, not so much if you just want to play a quick few games.
You can see there has been a great amount of effort put into the transfers market as you have to buy scouts and then set them to look for a certain type of player in a specific country.
Once I had setup my scouts, squad and silenced the already repetitive soundtrack I started off the calendar counting down to my first friendly, which I quickly had to stop as my scouts had found some players and I needed to decide who I wanted to follow as a skill rating is not provided, so like any good manager you MUST do your homework.
Finally the friendly game I had been longing for was under way and after a brief tutorial about how good Kinect will be to help me quickly manage tactics, change formation and play the offside trap etc. I was feeling confident that I would be scoring a plethora of goals. Almost as soon as the game begun I had already forgotten every voice command for the Kinect but one, which left me shouting “OFFSIDE TRAP” every time the opposition took possession in my half, although there is a few seconds delay it did prove to be quite useful.
Needless to say the graphics of the game are stunning from the intricate details of the photographers on the side lines to Ronaldo’s latest haircut; no stone has been left unturned. A noticeable difference in this FIFA is the tackling system as in previous games you could simply hold A and the players would simply home in and tackle when they were close enough, not anymore. You have to get yourself into position and close enough to tackle without relying on assist from the AI. At first I found this difficult and just relied on mobbing my opponent with as many bodies I could send in and shout obscenities when they managed to weave their way through. It does make tackling into a skill like dribbling which in my opinion is good work on EA’s part.
The game flows beautifully and genuinely feels more organic with simple little features such as with the throw-ins, most of the time it won’t go to a cut-scene to load up the throw, the nearest player will just pick up the ball and resume the play which really helps to keep up momentum and adds that little bit more to the realism.
After my first game, (1-0 to Rochdale) I was greeted with an email from the Board of Directors saying that my conduct during the game was unacceptable and due to comments I made about the referee I was being warned which I found hilarious…at first. The referee is actually listening to YOU through the Kinect and it seems by saying anything at all about him or the decision he did or didn’t make is deemed as misconduct by the club and as I later found out it can lead you to getting fired from the club.
So you are now looking at the proud new manager at Fleetwood Town who no longer has a Kinect in working order, but I think it is for the better.
Kinect with FIFA is like Ashley Young and his legs, hey have the potential to be really good but they just don’t always work well together.
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