Fifa 14: football game 'still in a league of its own'
Latest Fifa video game is evolution not revolution but it adds polish to an already great experience
What you need to know
The latest instalment in Electronic Arts' popular Fifa football video game series is released in the UK this week. Fifa 14 will be playable on current PS3 and Xbox 360 systems and with next generation PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo versions due in November. It is also playable on Wii, Microsoft and mobile platforms.
The game enables players to experience football games with Fifa teams in more than 60 stadiums, including 32 real-world venues. New additions include La Bombonera, Buenos Aires and Camp Nou, Barcelona.
An updated Fifa Ultimate Team game mode (Legends) will allow gamers to acquire classic players from different eras of football such as Pele and Dennis Bergkamp. There's also a 'single online match' mode giving gamers the chance to play a one-off match that doesn't contribute to tournaments or seasons.
What the critics like
"When it comes to exciting gameplay, impeccable presentation, and a generous year-long experience, Fifa is still in a league of its own," says Daniel Krupa on IGN. This year's changes are subtle but they bring out the very best in in Fifa, which is already a fantastic experience.
"Fifa14 is a great game" with top-notch presentation and the usual full suite of licences, says Mr Pinkerton in Metro. There are also some genuine improvements in terms of animation, physics, artificial intelligence - and the franchise's killer app, Ultimate Team.
"Fifa 14 looks - and feels - more real," with possession changing hands more regularly and individual players' stats having more of an effect on play, says Dan Silver of the Daily Mirror. It may be more evolution than revolution, but players will get a lot of joy out of what is still an "extremely polished and playable football game".
What they don't like
Fifa 14's changes make for exciting football that's undeniably more sophisticated than last year's, but perhaps we could expect more from a series that asks players to buy a full-price game every year, and has dominated the marketplace for so long, says Natham Ditum in the Daily Telegraph. "Fifa 14 seems content with better rather than best." ·