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FIFA 14 Demo Impressions

/ Sep 23rd, 2013 No Comments

FIFA 14

EA turned on the FIFA 14 hype machine several months ago when the company introduced the brand new Ignite game engine. The upgraded engine promised the most realistic and immersive gameplay experience ever in a sports game. Unfortunately, all the hype only surrounded the next gen version of the game.

Understandably, this left gamers worried about the current gen version of FIFA 14. With the game set to release soon, EA Sports launched the demo for FIFA 14 and it dispels any fear players should have about the quality of the game.

 

FIFA 14 Demo Impressions Video

Presentation

FIFA has some of the best commentary in a sports game and it will only be getting better in FIFA 14 thanks to the addition of a third member of the broadcast team. The traditional two-man team is now introduced by a man in the studio, who also runs through stats and highlights at halftime and at the end of a match. It is a welcome addition to the game that makes it feel that much closer to its real-life counterpart.
 

Gameplay

While gameplay feels mostly the same, there are some minor tweaks that make a huge a difference. Players move with more weight in FIFA 14, making them feel more realistic than ever. Collisions come with lifelike impact and momentum plays a big factor. Veteran FIFA players will need some time to get used to the updated physics but it is an overall improvement when it is perfected.

Fans of the franchise will also notice the ball is more of a sole entity rather than an item attached to a player. No longer does the ball have a magnetizing affect when it is passed to a footballer on the field. Keeping possession can be a chore and overdribbling will often result in a turnover, especially if you have your hand held down on the turbo button. Overall, the gameplay improvements mean that players with higher ratings will stand out more than ever from players with average ratings.

Defensive A.I. is much better than previous versions of FIFA and it will require some patience to get a good shot at the goal. Unfortunately, that is where the A.I. tweaks seem to stop. Offensive players often get caught offsides, which can make for a frustrating experience.
 

Closing Comments

The FIFA 14 demo sets up what will no doubt be another top quality entry into the football franchise. Players can start up a quick game to get used to the gameplay improvements and fans who have yet to experience the game’s Ultimate Team mode can give it a try with access to some of the sport’s better athletes. The demo also shows off a simplified menu system that makes the home screen less cluttered.

While the launch of next-gen hardware just months away, it seems as if the development team at EA Canada has pushed current gen consoles to their limit. If A.I. and crowd visuals could be improved, one would think the developer would have pushed to make it happen by now. While the FIFA 14 demo sets the table for a solid current gen title, it also brings excitement for the opportunity to move on to more powerful hardware.

  

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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