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on May 10, 2014
2014 FIFA World Cup is a difficult game to properly assess. It offers up a compelling experience, something the every-four-years edition has become known for, but one that will feel notably old-gen to those who played FIFA 14 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

I’ve long been vocal in my appreciation of 2010 FIFA World Cup which was one of my favorite games of the last generation and up there for many others as evidenced by its strong run in the “Best of” tournament late last year. It offered accessibility – acting as a bridge to the yearly FIFA series – and the ability to be a part of a shared worldwide event involving every nation (all of which were licensed). Presentation and atmosphere were outstanding and among the modes included was what would later become known as the popular “Online Seasons”.

Anticipation was high for what many expected to be a launch on the Xbox One and PS4 (even EA Sports initially stated it would be out for those consoles). Unfortunately that wouldn’t come to fruition and EA released it only on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Hype was significantly dampened but the product being offered remained strong.

There’s an unavoidable conflict in trying to evaluate the merits of 2014 FIFA World Cup. Once again the presentation and atmosphere are excellent and unique, and the modes deliver sufficient content. There’s no avoiding comparisons to late last year’s FIFA 14 however on XB1/PS4. In that regard, technical limitations are obvious, and gameplay takes a step back returning numerous frustrations that had been addressed.

The depth of content is certainly there. The modes are well executed and compelling. Whether it’s playing through the entire qualifying process, only the World Cup tournament, Captain Your Country (essentially a version of Be a Pro), or the Story of Qualifying/Finals which brings in scenarios to play through based on the real happenings – offline there is plenty to do. There is no Ultimate Team here but World Cup content will be coming to FIFA 14′s UT later this spring. Online once again features a spin on the Online Seasons with Road to Rio De Janeiro and a World Cup tournament.

Gameplay is fast, and turning it down may be one of the first things that should be done with the game, but it’s also part of the charm. World Cup isn’t attempting to be as faithful to simulation as the yearly FIFA franchise. It’s higher paced leading to more opportunities to score. That doesn’t mean scores get out of hand but novices will feel like they have a better chance at least to get on the board and have some level of success – and have fun doing it.

Still, falling back onto the old consoles has only magnified the advancements seen in FIFA 14. Though FIFA 14 on XB1/PS4 was not perceived as a huge jump in graphics it certainly appears more dramatic having gone from that one to World Cup. Aspects such as framerate suffer as well. Gameplay is hampered by long-running issues like a lack of aggressiveness to the ball by AI controlled teammates. They’ll just stand there and let opposing players capture possession. That’s an area improved upon significantly with the game on the new systems.

The presentation is great, and the atmosphere and audio once again wrap you up in the moment in a way most other sports games can not. Touches like the cuts to the fans in their home countries and the crowd reaction shots in cut scenes (or simply seeing them in the background) has quite the impact. The new talk radio may not get super specific but it’s a fantastic listen during time spent in the menus and contributes to the narrative as the modes progress.

Online play has been nothing short of perfect. In no match has any lag been experienced even when playing opponents in countries half way around the world. Unfortunately this World Cup game favors the ultra-aggressive. Opponents give no room to breathe and it’s difficult if not even possible to make them pay for it consistently. As soon as your player receives the ball he gets molested and it’s difficult to keep possession because of it with far too few fouls called.

The value is definitely there for 2014 FIFA World Cup – particularly for those who have not moved on to the new systems or haven’t played the FIFA series recently – however its a tough sell for everyone else. There’s no way to avoid that sense of disappointment for anyone going backwards to play it but for those that can get past that there’s a great game to enjoy. It’s just especially unfortunate that the new generation will be waiting another four years that same experience.
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on October 12, 2014
This is a great addition to the FIFA series. While it claims to feature 100 new animations, the main changes are in the over-the-back headers and the cutscenes. Over-the-back headers are when you push off a defender while jumping up the get higher than that defender to head the ball. The new cutscenes are very cool. When a goal is scored, the camera cuts to either the coach celebrating (or the other team's coach showing disappointment), a group of fans in the stadium, or fans celebrating around a public tv broadcast in the home country (The coach and home country cuts only happen with major teams like Brazil, Argentina, and Germany. The feel of this game is much like that of FIFA 14, and FIFA 14 on Xbox One (and presumably PS4) includes a stripped-down version of this game. The coolest thing about this game for Xbox 360 is that it recognizes the XP you have from previous games, so your tokens and XP level transfer over. The gameplay is more realistic than FIFA 13 in that pass commands and shots take a little bit more reaction time to execute well. My favorite thing about this game is that it includes corner commands (run to the edge of the box, left/right post, crowd the keeper) and goalie taunts, both of which have been removed in FIFA 14 to the best of my knowledge. There is a ton of content in this game, including almost every national soccer team in the world. There are also a number of alternate jerseys to unlock.

If I were to choose from one of the FIFA games that has come out in the past 2 or 3 years, this would be it.
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on January 1, 2017
I got this gift for my brother at Christmas time because we both love competing in FIFA matches toghther and this was a great gift! The product shipped fast with no problems and the disc read well inside the 360. Great product!
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on April 11, 2016
Great game, has tons of international reams, including teams as low rated as Guatemala, tons of variety. Good layout for the game and quality game mechanics, and fun soundtrack. The game itself came just fine without any problems and in good shape.
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on July 14, 2014
It's a good game it consist of all the 2014 World cup teams the game modes consist of the traditional world cup tournament mode, there is a mode where you play various challenges, the other mode is progressing through games that you play vs online matches against other people and of course skill challenges which I always like.
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on September 8, 2014
Every four years I buy the World Cup edition of FIFA (first one being in 2002), I also purchased two editions of FIFA during that time. World Cup Brazil is by far one of the best in graphics, game play, physics engines, and more. The corner kicks are more realistic to control (power, aim, player setup), through ball graphics are not lagging like in previous versions, and the graphics are very realistic. We have a tournament every World Cup with anywhere from 10-30 people (each person can play on a team individually or in a pair). This year everyone agreed the graphics worked better, and on a TV of 120 fps it didn't look diminished as previous versions did. The only issue was with penalty kicks, something in the kick engine causes the player to stutter (I feel this is more so an issue with all of us as players, not the game). The game also seems better in response to teams with more than one human player. One thing I like is if both players on the team press to change players (aiming to get closest to the ball), the first pressed gets the closest player, and the other person gets the next closest. In previous versions, sometimes the game wouldn't let the second person switch until the ball landed. In addition, the game is harder to play on higher difficulties than previous versions. It is a great game, and worth playing.
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on August 29, 2014
Great game. Good graphics and good play. The "become a captain" mode, its great and produces challenges since it takes you back a couple of years to qualify for the cup and position.

Con: Not updated to actual roster that was used during the World Cup. I understand that last minute changes were made, but come on!!!
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on January 31, 2017
The items were correct and received on time. Good experience.
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on October 5, 2014
I like the game don't get me wrong BUT I can't even choose the 23 players I want to take to the World Cup even after working with them the whole road to the world cup mode
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on November 1, 2016
The game was great and very easy to control!
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