2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Common Sense Media says

Family-friendly soccer simulation captures thrill of FIFA.

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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.

Privacy & safety

Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game can be played online with full voice support, therefore younger players might hear inappropriate language, including profanity or other potentially hurtful remarks.

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.

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • events
  • global awareness

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • strategy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids who enjoy sports games in general and soccer games in particular will find plenty here to keep them interested and playing. 

Learning Approach

Through play kids will be exposed to professionalism, athleticism, healthy competition, and teamwork. The game also helps promotes understanding of racial and cultural differences. 

Support

The game has a tutorial mode and a screen that summarizes the controls. Official supports beyond these in-game elements don't really exist.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • events
  • global awareness

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • strategy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

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. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

 

Families can talk 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.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
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. (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byHarryTheReviewer December 17, 2014
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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 should have been released on next-gen consoles.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Parent Written bylaurakelly May 6, 2014
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11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Nice Game

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