Saturday 24 February 2018

Everything you need to know about Fifa 14

Ben Riley-Smith

Across the country Fifa fans are cancelling weekend plans, dusting off their consoles and counting down the final hours until the newest game hits the shelves.

From midnight tomorrow Fifa 14, the latest iteration of EA Sport's most famous franchise, goes on sale. Here's everything you need to know about the new game.

When it is released?

When the clock strikes midnight on Friday 27 September. Those who cannot wait till then can download a free iOS and Android app already out.

Which consoles will it work on?

All the normal ones of course: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. But the game will also be available on the next generation consoles launching imminently such as Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4.

How much will it cost?

Most retailers will be offering the game at £39.99.

What's new in the game?

There a number of nifty new in-game features for fans to get their teeth stuck into. Players can now protect the ball when in possession. Deploying this move will see the man on the ball take a squatted position with arms outstretched to fend off opponents.

Other improvements will see teammates making more intelligent runs and players adjusting their stride and approach angle when taking shots. There are now more than 100 cameras positioned around the pitch, meaning you can replay goals from every viewpoint imaginable.

EA Sports has also introduced Ultimate Team Legends which will allow gamers to pick their own dreamteam from a list of 40 legendary players. Pele, Maldini, and Ruud Gullit are all on there.

Is it any good?

Telegraph reviewer Nathan Ditum was impressed with some of the new features and says it remains way ahead of its closest rival, Pro Evolution Soccer. But he was left wondering whether EA Sports could have done more.

"On balance, FIFA 14's changes make for exciting football that's undeniably more sophisticated than last year's game," he wrote.

"The bigger question is whether this is enough, not just in the context of a series that asks players to buy a full-price game every year, but also considering its lengthy spell of marketplace dominance. Should we expect more than this?"

He concluded: "FIFA 14 seems content with better rather than best."

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