We love FIFA 14, but EA’s supreme soccer simulation isn’t perfect – here’s why.
Make no mistake, FIFA 14 is the best soccer game ever made, bringing fifa coins decades of experience together to create one of the most entertaining and downright addictive sports titles money can buy. We love it. However, no game is entirely perfect – these are the foibles that drive us up the wall when we’re playing FIFA.
Headers are too effective
Headed goals look amazing, especially when they come from a pinpoint cross dispatched by your winger, who has taken the ball the length of the pitch and skilfully kept rival players at bay. However, they’re a little too potent in FIFA 14 – as long as the striker is tall enough, it’s almost a given that a well-placed cross is going to find his head and result in the ball hitting the back of the net.
It’s too easy to gain – and lose – the ball
Cast your mind back to older editions of FIFA, when the ball would stick to each player’s feet like glue. This was great for when you wanted to focus on skllful play, but it made tackling – legally – harder than it should be. EA fifa 14 ultimate team coins has taken steps to solve this issue, but in doing so has gone a little too far. It sometimes feels like a chore just trying to keep the ball at your feet at all.
Players are glued to the pitch at the most annoying times
Possibly FIFA 14′s most annoying glitch, the issue of players remaining static at the most inopportune of times can seriously impact the scoreline – as well as put your precious joypads at risk when you hurl them against the wall in a rage. The issue tends to happen when your opponent passes the ball and you try to switch control to the appropriate defender – for the shortest of moments, your player stays rooted to the spot, unable to react. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it’s enough to leave you exposed and a goal down.
Players often trip over one another
EA introduced an enhanced physics engine to the FIFA series a few entries ago, and FIFA 14 refines it even further. It’s genuinely amazing to watch players twist and turn realistically, leaning into runs and generally looking exactly like the real thing, but these real-world physics can prove bothersome at other points. Thanks to some often questionable AI, players seem to stumble into each other with all the spacial awareness of a group of toddlers who have only just mastered walking on two feet.
It feels like EA is running out of ideas
FIFA 14 isn’t broken in any way which makes it unenjoyable, but it does feel like the developers have taken the concept of 11 (virtual) men against 11 almost as far as it can possibly go. EA has refined the gameplay, improved the online mode and enhanced the single-player portion, and it’s difficult to see where any new ideas can be inserted in FIFA 15. Of course, when you’ve created the best digital representation of soccer on the face of the planet then there’s little room for improvement, but buying the same game year-in, year-out – just with a different number on the box – can become a little annoying.