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FIFA 14 - PlayStation 4
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4
So you already can tell from the other reviewers that Tournament mode was excluded in this game. So there is no point in me writing about it again because you know so here's a review about the game itself

FIFA 14 on the PlayStation 3, was already a fantastic game of footie, and without question, one of the best entries in the franchise to date.

So when it arrived on the PlayStation 4, it was tough to imagine what else could be done to the game to improve it even more. And for the most part, the game doesn't get any major improvements, but the visual polish and enhanced physics do stand out, giving the next-gen version of FIFA 14 some extra points.

All the modes that you find on the PS3 are still there, such as the Ultimate Team, career mode, matches from the current week and of course the online modes. For those who had previously picked up a current-gen version of the game, you can pass your season over to the PS4.

As expected, the biggest differences from the current-gen and next-gen versions are the graphics. Players, stadiums and the pitch look extremely sharp and detailed, not to mention more colorful and realistic. Even more minor improvements like how the jerseys and shorts ripple during play, look pretty cool, so without question, this is more of a visual feast. I also mentioned physics, which is another improvement in the game. EA built FIFA 14 on next-gen from the ground up with a new engine and you notice it quite a bit with the way the ball moves around the field. By that I mean that the ball seems to have more randomness to it, so that when you're passing it around, be it as a lob or a through-ball, it appears more independent than I'm used to seeing it. In relation to that, you'll notice player animations to be less canned and more realistic than ever before, as it's clear that the amount of animations is a lot deeper than in previous games, and players react more naturally not only to the ball, but to other players, regardless if they are on the opposite team or on your own.

A.I. also seems more authentic than in the current-gen versions as players on the other team appear to be more aware of what you're doing and react accordingly, so that using the same exact defensive strategy doesn't always work, forcing you to be more tactical and precise with how you play.

At the end of the day FIFA 14 on the PS4 and Xbox One doesn't make huge improvements to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, but they're certainly more appealing to look at and provide a bit more realism to player and ball movement. It's a nice effort for a game that didn't need a ton of changes, and if this is how good the game can be in an first-year effort on the new consoles, then I can't wait to see what EA can do with another full year.
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104 of 141 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4Verified Purchase
As the first game I purchased for PS4, I was excited to play this game. I used to be a big fan of Pro Evolution Soccer, but FIFA has been impressive the past couple of iterations, and when I discovered that PES 2014 was not releasing for PS4, I immediately pre-ordered FIFA 14.

So a few days ago, I finally got the PS4 and booted the game up to start a Premier League season. Then I look and look and look. There's no tournament mode. Gotta be a mistake, right? It's on the PS3 version, and it's been on every friggen FIFA and PES game. They can't be so dumb as to make this game unplayable on single player? Yes. Yes, they can.

They removed tournament mode. So unless you only play online (for which you will need to pay for PS+) or don't mind only playing single game friendlies, this game is a borderline fraud on the soccer gaming community.

The graphics are a tiny improvement over PS3 (although the crowds look amazing). The gameplay is good but a big sluggish. But none of that matters when they inexplicably remove the main off-line mode.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4
This game is alright for the most part but i will say that there are many bugs and add-ons that need to be done to the game. this game has frozen on me a few times in witch i was a little upset as i was in a middle of a match. but also this game does not have No tournament mode. this was a big thing i was looking forward to but i guess we are just going to have to wait around and see what happens.
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68 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4Verified Purchase
No tournament mode, it was suppose to be an upgrade. For me is like having a demo to play friendly games
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4Verified Purchase
I won't comment on the PS4 graphics, other than to say it's way better than PS3. FIFA14 gameplay has been altered, but it's not necessarily better than FIFA 13, just different. The through pass is more important than in previous years which is the largest difference from prior years. Headers cannot be defended as well as in previous versions. Yes you can control the ball a little better, but the way to win this game is still unchanged; just play Real Madrid on defensive and then score your goals on the counter...boring. The game still struggles with referee jersey colors regularly giving the referee a dark jersey when the other team is also dark. It also struggles with offside, calling offside and stopping the play because the opponent is offside on a pass despite the fact that you intercepted the ball, and could have broken on a counter. Players still screw-up chasing balls kicked by the other team to the sideline, trying to stop it, not being able to and then giving the ball back to the other team when in real soccer, the player would have let the ball go out of bounds. When the game is over, it also will fill up replays with meaningless plays and not offer a replay of some of the goals that were scored. There is also an issue with making changes to your roster; whenever I make a change, the game says I have an illegal roster and will not allow me to play so I have to delete it. I am basically stuck with the default roster.

Handicapping in online play is more obvious in this edition than in previous editions because of the changes to gameplay. Particularly if you are up for promotion or relegation the handicapping is blatant. In Seasons if you go on a win streak and are within 3-6 points of the title, with 3+ games to go, the game will handicap against you to make it hard for you to advance, sending you on a losing streak. Your keeper will start to give up fat rebounds, or tip balls over the net for corners when there was no one around him and he could have easily caught it. Then the opposing team will score on the corner kick because your defenders will not defend but stand around or be out of position. The referee will give calls to the other team on tackles. Your defenders will run into each other leaving wide space for your opponent to score. And your strikers will miss, either by hitting the post, kicking it wide, the opponents keeper will make save after save, or your players miss-hit shots, and grab their head, or kick the ground. Your players will not run either, standing still allowing the opponent team press stand beside them and take the ball from them. Or your defenders will stand still on crosses so the opponent gets an open header for a goal. Once this has happened for 3 or so games, it will turn around, your players start to run and defend, you start getting bounces, shots are on target for goals or the opposing keeper will not make the saves once made. Then you will go on a win streak. This has happened so regularly when my team has been up for promotion, you can bet on it.

I've also played games where I should have lost, but won, where the other player misses over and over, obviously they are handicapped. It's clear that EA wants to have teams on a roll or in a slump in Seasons. This is ridiculous because you are playing someone online and when it's against you, it's not about you or your skill in playing, but recognizing that the game is giving the bounces to the other team, forcing you to try to adjust your game and weather the storm, often times there is nothing you can do other than take the loss.

This handicapping makes playing online Seasons almost meaningless, because your ability to win or lose online is largely dependent upon whether the game is for you or against you.

Overall, you get the sense that EA is mailing it in with the FIFA franchse...make a few changes to game play so it feels different for two weeks until you get used to it. Update the rosters and then charge $59.99 for it, and not fix ongoing problems like the referee jersey, sideline errors, replays, and offside. Pretty lazy EA, pretty lazy.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4
Having just upgraded from my ps3 to my ps4, I'm astounded at how pig-headed EA is being about this launch title. A large part of the appeal of this game franchise was the social aspect of team play. Fifa14 is now lacking in two of the most critical features of the previous generation. I purchased my PS4, pre-ordered fifa14 and an extra controller for the sole purpose of playing seasons online on the same console with my friends. We all buy our own copies and have our own systems but we like to play together on the same team in the same room because of the social dynamic.

To put things simply, this is our version of a poker night - it is the way that we unwind from school and work etc and features that have been included in prior iterations of the game (including the PS3 version of fifa14!) have been removed!!! As yet this problem has not been rectified. Fix this EA otherwise these negative reviews will continue to pour in.

I would strongly advise anyone who plays exclusively with guests or with guests fairly often to reconsider this purchase. Stick with the older versions of the game on the previous gen systems. You will not be able to play online with a friend sitting in the same room with you on the same console. Save your money until EA decides to smarten up.
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75 of 105 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4
Title says it all.....downgrade from the ps3 version. Save your money because you can't play with your friends apparently. C'mon EA...really?!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4
I was ready to purchase FIFA 14 for the PS4 - but fortunately found out that for some unknown reason EA removed Tournament Mode from it. I usually don't have the time or patience to commit to full seasons, so I've almost always played offline in some sort of tournament.

The removal of tournaments from FIFA 14 for the PS4 make this game a total non-starter for me. I guess that EA was hoping for the Ultimate Team feature to replace offline Tournament Mode, but it doesn't.

Edit - I did end up buying this games due to lack of any other competing product for the PS4. The omission of offline Tournament Mode is still a killer, but the offline Be A Pro Mode is fun. What is not fun however, are the controls for passing and shooting. Any shot made with more than the slightest tap of the "O" button is guaranteed to send the ball sailing over the bar. Likewise it is far too easy to send a cross all the way across the field and into the stands 60 yards away. These buttons are ridiculously sensitive, with no way to adjust. Not impressed at all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4
no tournament mode!! everything else is good, but not good for what i expected from the next gen!! its 10% better than xbox 360!!
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39 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
Platform for Display: PlayStation 4
Unless you are one of the few people who only play against friends or strangers online this title is a major disappointment. There is no tournament mode, custom or not. There is no creation center. EA has buffed up the graphics and gameplay while downgrading the options to play. Since most fans of the FIFA series play together in groups, the fact that the PS4 engine produces a better game, it's practically worthless. You literally have to keep score with pen and paper if you and your friends are having a tournament. I wish I hadn't sold my PS3 and FIFA14 for that console.
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