FIFA 14 by EA Sports

Common Sense Media says

Good soccer sim; upgrade needed to get the most out of it.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The control scheme is a familiar one to players, and controlling the ball and players is fairly easy (though not perfect). The addition of a touch-pass system is good and makes the game more approachable for younger players.  

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Consumer branding is everywhere in this game, as it is in the actual sport. Stadium banners promote publisher EA Sports, while player uniforms have company names and logos on them, such as Adidas, Barclays, and Red Bull. Certain play modes are locked and can only be unlocked with a $5 purchase. Players can purchase FIFA points in packs of up to $40.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One team's jersey promotes Corona beer. 

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to EA's Origin service to gain access to leaderboards and a friends list. This requires users to submit their email addresses. You must be 13 to register for an EA account. Users also are able to connect with friends on Facebook, Gmail, and their contact lists through Origin; they can invite friends through SMS and email. The profiles on Origin allow users to enter their real names, mobile numbers, images, and more. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements and, for some games, to challenge friends.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FIFA 14 is a very realistic simulation of the world's most popular sport, faithfully recreating the game and just as faithfully following its rules. This year's version is notably different from past installments, though, as it adopts a freemium model. Online play is free (as are penalty shootouts and Ultimate Team mode), but people wanting to access Tournaments, Manager Mode, or the single-game exhibition mode must pay $5. There's no violence or language issues, and although one team's jerseys advertise Corona beer, nothing else promotes the brand. The corporate sponsorships are simply a part of the game. Some features require an EA account; you must be at least 13 to register.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • fitness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

FIFA 14 is about as realistic as a soccer sim can get, which should capture the attention of fans of the sport. 

Learning Approach

By studying methods players use on the field, kids can learn how to improve their own soccer games. 

Support

The game has a good tutorial mode walking players through the new controls and gently guiding them into the action. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Health & Fitness

  • fitness

Kids can learn the basic concepts of teamwork and strategy in FIFA 14 -- not to mention the basic rules of soccer. To succeed, kids must move the ball down the field, passing it to teammates and not violating the rules of the game. With FIFA 14, young soccer fans can learn some basics and watch how simulated pros play -- and perhaps better their own games.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

The game can be controlled in one of two ways. The default touchscreen control system lets players move on their own. You touch teammates to pass the ball to them and swipe the screen to take shots on the goal. In Classic mode, you pass the ball back and forth between teammates via a virtual joystick. Additional buttons on the screen are used to sprint, take shots on goal, or slide-tackle opposing team members. The game recreates the championships of 30 of the sport's most popular leagues. Regardless of the control method you use, you'll swipe to kick the ball on corner and goal and for penalty kicks.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The latest mobile installment of EA's FIFA series is an odd duck. FIFA 14 is certainly a terrific game with great gameplay, an absurdly thorough roster, and eye-popping graphics. But, unlike previous entries in the series, you're only getting half a game initially. Although the free version offers limited single-player matches, if you're a FIFA fan who prefers to build up your dynasty against artificial opponents, you'll have to pay a premium. That's especially noteworthy for younger kids, whose parents might discourage playing against strangers online.

That said, those who do pay the upgrade charge will have plenty of game options -- and it's well worth the money. The new touch-control scheme, meanwhile, makes playing easier for those younger players, though veterans of the series may find it limiting. As a free game, FIFA 14 isn't a bad one, but you'll want to pay the $5 to upgrade to the full experience.

Families can talk about...

  • See if the game sparks an increased interest in real-world soccer, and, if so, take kids to a game.

  • Steer kids who tend to be sedentary to this game to show them the thrill of running up and down a field, playing with others.

  • Ask kids to describe a time when they had to use teamwork to accomplish a goal, sports-related or otherwise.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:October 8, 2013
Category:Sports Games
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Size:1198.00 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.3.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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Teen, 15 years old Written bypowerson October 30, 2013
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2
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Free FIFA, YAY!

It's fine and free!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bygertyrock November 25, 2013
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10
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Best game ever!

I had pre-ordered FIFA 14 for the Xbox, and could not wait for it to come it. Since I pre-ordered it, I got special codes to go with it for the Ultimate Team (which is a great feature). As soon as the package came in, I ripped it open and began to play, and let me tell you, this game is the bomb! With the new realistic ball physics, it now feels like Im actually in the game, playing! But the best feature is the Manager Career mode. This will team kids how to manage money, negotiate contracts and transfers, and how to scout players, which will become helpful in real life! This is an amazing game, and is worth the money!
Teen, 14 years old Written byswagshyguy15 December 22, 2013
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Freemium

It looks cheap when I play it. It also is just another freemium and I think I would prefer paying $6.50 for FIFA 13 than using this. My iPod Touch has got 2.5GB free yet it says that there's not enough space? This app seems very problematic.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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