Is FIFA 14 the best football game ever?

FIFA 14

FIFA 14 has finally released on current-gen systems, but how is EA’s long-running football series holding up after all these years, and is there even still room for improvement? Well, the reviews are out and there are some positive sentiments about the game.

FIFA 14 currently sits on Metascores of 86 and 84 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 version respectively, while the PC version is still to receive an aggregate.

GameRankings features percentages of 88.14 on PS3, while the Xbox 360 version is sitting just slightly lower at 82 percent.

It’s hard to compare FIFA games over the years, with changing technology and expectations and all, but out of interest sake, the highest rated FIFA game was FIFA 10, which has Metascores of 90 on both Xbox 360 and PS3 and was acclaimed as a big jump in the franchise.

But back to FIFA 14, and this is what the critics are saying:

IGN: 9.0

“FIFA 14 isn’t a major landmark for the series in terms of innovation… But the changes have made FIFA more attacking, fun, welcoming, and attractive, and ultimately it’s a stronger experience.”

Gamespot: 8/10

“Despite the lack of a defining new feature to attach itself to, FIFA 14 is far more than the sum of its parts. It’s a fundamentally different experience to last year’s game, and an entertaining one at that, moving the series ever closer to the realism it so proudly strives for. The only competition FIFA has this year is itself.”

Gameinforer: 8.8/10

“The kinds of shots players get off are varied due to how they strike the ball (and with which foot), and the controls hit a sweet spot of being easy to pull off and capable of letting you engineer some incisive attacks. These aspects are not to be underestimated, as they give you confidence going forward and the ability to score from some new areas.”

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CVG: 9/10

“Clumsier players only slightly dent what’s still the greatest, most comprehensive footy game ever made.”

Polygon: 8/10

“FIFA 14 does a terrific job of differentiating levels of soccer competition around the world, which is rare. But there are so many different modes of play that players of just about any skill level or familiarity can hop into FIFA 14.”

XGN: 8.5/10

“FIFA 14 is unmistakably the best footie for the current-gen consoles to date. It feels both realistic and authentic and pays homage to The Beautiful Game we have grown to love. It’s just too bad the graphics of the game can’t keep up with the gameplay anymore; but our educated guess is that next-gen will change that entirely.”

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Official PlayStation Magazine: 9/10

“Gameplay is the best it’s been on PS3, and presentation is improved, too, with Jeff Stelling’s pre-match, half-time and post-match links upping the broadcast feel yet again.”

Eurogamer: 8/10

“You could argue that FIFA 14 shows EA Sports is running out of ideas, then, but for me this is a developer that knows exactly what it’s doing.”

Telegraph: 4/5

“FIFA 14’s changes make for exciting football that’s undeniably more sophisticated than last year’s game. The bigger question is whether this is enough.”

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Videogamer: 9/10

“It may be baby steps, but it’s a big baby. FIFA 14 has tons of modes you can get lost in, but this would all mean nothing without quality gameplay. Fortunately, EA has delivered an exhilarating game of football.”

OXM: 9/10

“FIFA 14 represents a difficult step forward for a very popular franchise, but a successful one nonetheless.”

Digital Spy: 5/5

“FIFA 14 is the most complete virtual footballing experience available today. Whether in single or multiplayer, there’s enough to keep fans busy well into the new football season and beyond.”

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FIFA 14 is also scheduled to launch on PS4 and Xbox One when the consoles launch, and it’ll be interesting to see how the review scores differ from current to next-gen versions.

More FIFA 14 news:

FIFA 14 next-gen differences explained

FIFA 14 Xbox One pre-order bundle not in SA

PS4 launch games for South Africa listed

FIFA 14 gameplay trailer, screenshots slides in

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