A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that FIFA 14, like its predecessors, is a family-friendly soccer simulation that aims to recreate professional soccer. Other than some branding and unmonitored online voice chat, there isn't anything to be concerned about.
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What's it about?
Is it any good?
Once the game is launched, seasoned players will no doubt feel a bit of deja vu. At first glance, FIFA 14 doesn't look, sound, or play much differently than last year's game...or the game before that. But after a couple of minutes of play, you'll begin to appreciate the refinements made to the control, physics, and artificial intelligence as well as a few visual tweaks, including smoother animation and overhauled menu screens. The gameplay still feels tight and responsive.
Overall, it's a slightly slower-paced game that feels like a controlled simulation more than a twitchy arcade game -- which is a good thing -- and once you master some of the offensive and defensive moves, play around with the many modes, and perhaps engage in the optional online Football Club, you'll no doubt like what EA Sports has offered in this year's game.
Talk to your kids about ...
EA Sports was criticized for not doing much to develop its sports games, with average reviews for Madden NFL 25 and (to a lesser extent) NHL 14. Does FIFA 14 suffer from the same fate? Is EA Sports getting complacent with its No. 1-selling game, or have they added enough new features to justify its purchase?
Does playing this kind of sports game make you want to try the sport in real life?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Subjects: Social Studies: global awareness
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
Self-Direction: effort, time management, work to achieve goals
Health & Fitness: exercise, movement
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, integrity, respect for others
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: EA Sports
- Release date: September 24, 2013
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- ESRB rating: E for (no descriptors)
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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