2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Family-friendly soccer simulation captures thrill of FIFA.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn codes of conduct to do with sport, as well as athleticism, healthy competition, and teamwork. Kids will also learn about racial and cultural differences, thanks to the game's inclusion of teams from various parts of the world and the multiethnic players that comprise them. There's no official learning agenda here, but kids will likely come away with a better appreciation for the worldly sport of soccer. 

Positive Messages

This video game is based on the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, a healthy competition between multiple countries every four years. The game promotes athleticism, national pride, and multiculturalism.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This video game features digital versions of real stars that look and move like the athletes that inspired them. Kids naturally link the behaviors and attitudes of these athletes to their digital counterparts in games, and, like most sports, soccer has many admirable role models.

Ease of Play

EA Sports has made many refinements over the past few years to help make FIFA World Cup more accessible without sacrificing control precision. Specifically, the series has shifted from a button-based mechanic to an analog stick control method for controlling both the player and the ball. It is intuitive and effective for the most part.

Violence & Scariness
Language
Consumerism

Just like any game based on a real sports league, there is plenty of corporate branding in this video game. It appears on the players' apparel, on sidelines, and in the crowds. This game features Coca-Cola billboards, Sony banners, Adidas balls, and Nike clothing, to name a few examples. There's also a mode called Adidas MiCoach Training.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know EA Sports' 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is a family-friendly soccer simulation based on the 2014 World Cup games that features digital versions of real soccer stars. There is little in the way of content that should concern parents, but be aware of strong consumerism (corporate branding). Keep in mind, too, that players who engage in online games can chat with strangers without any monitoring or filtering.

 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bylaurakelly May 6, 2014

Nice Game

It's a awesome game. Everyone like this game. I would love it. You will check it out this game! You love this game. Also FREE to Download from Google Pla... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHarryTheReviewer December 17, 2014

2014 in style

A great game for the World Cup. I particularly like the ability to play any country in the world compared to the usual FIFA games. An underrated game which shou... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 30, 2016

fifa world cup 2016

great game no learning but great players and ease of game is easy. the reason i put it 7+ is because when you score a goal they sometimes zoom into woman who wh... Continue reading

What's it about?

Just as EA Sports delivers a new soccer game each year, soccer fans can set their watches to a new FIFA-branded release every four years -- coordinated with the world's biggest sports event, taking place this summer in Brazil. 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL lets kids play as or against more than 200 real teams from the countries of their choice. Matches take place in a dozen authentically-modeled stadiums plus other venues in qualifying rounds. There's a sense of the emotion, patriotism and raw excitement of the real game. Along with new modes (now 10, in total) that can be played solo, with a friend beside you, or online, this game also features more than 100 new animations, exceptional graphics on the aging consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), and new crowds, including fresh painted faces, banners, flags, seat cards, and chants. Adding even more drama is fireworks, confetti, and streamers. (Note: both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are the same.)

 

Is it any good?

Even without all the FIFA World Cup Brazil dressing -- if you strip away all the green and yellow, the fireworks, the face-paint, team chants, and overall bump in visual and audio production quality -- there is still an exceptional soccer game here. The players move fluidly, ball handling feels great, and there are many modes to choose from to keep things fresh. This year's game focuses more on the offensive game, which makes it faster and more exciting for both sides. Those who like to play online can can compete in the Group Stage and World Cup finals. Win seven games in a row and you'll be hosting the FIFA World Cup Trophy at Estadio do Maracana in Rio.​

There isn't much to complain about here other than the odd jarring animation or crowd glitch. This family-friendly game is a must-have for soccer fans excited about the 2014 World Cup. 

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about playing sports-based video games. These games are often appealing to parents who want to shield their kids from more violent entertainments, but it's also important to encourage kids to play real sports to help them keep fit. In this blog post, Common Sense Media discusses some "active gaming" tips to help bridge the gap.

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