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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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.
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Social Studies: citizenship, events, global awareness
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: EA Sports
- Release date: April 29, 2014
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors.
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