FIFA 14

Common Sense Media says

Not too different from last year, but a stellar soccer sim.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

FIFA 14 is a professional soccer simulation, and like most sports games it encourages athleticism, team play and cooperation, healthy competition, and national pride.

Positive role models

Thousands of professional players are represented, and they mirror their real-life counterparts. Most are good role models for kids.

Ease of play

More so than in past FIFA soccer games, FIFA 14 is very easy to play in the Xbox 360 version. Both console games are controlled primarily with the two analog sticks (for player movement and ball control), and some moves are tied to the face buttons.

Violence & scariness

Players can be tackled accidentally and sustain injuries.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Many familiar brands are shown in the stadium and displayed on players. Some brands are athletic companies, such as Nike and Adidas, whereas banners might advertise the game or company itself ("FIFA 14" or "EA Sports"). Also, team names may promote sponsors ("HP," "Herbalife," or "Qatar Airways"). Essentially, it's just like the real sport.

Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. Both console versions of the game -- and the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions -- support live voice chatting during online play. It's not filtered, so your kids may be exposed to inappropriate language.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • physics

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Arts

  • movement

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • integrity
  • respect for others

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

FIFA 14 feels like a real soccer game, so kids likely will want to play repeatedly. It's fun.

Learning Approach

This isn't a deep game, but kids will learn to control the player and the ball, master the physics of play, and form strategies to defeat the other team. It's not adaptive, but it is responsive as well as socially and culturally diverse.

Support

Players will see all the stats and information on how they did, and they can take advantage of a tutorial.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • physics

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Arts

  • movement

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • time management
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • integrity
  • respect for others

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • movement

Kids can learn about the rules of professional soccer as well as codes of conduct, team play, healthy competition, and national pride. They'll learn how to control the player and the ball, master the physics of play, and form strategies to defeat the other team. FIFA 14 is a fun way to teach kids the game of soccer and perhaps excite them to explore the sport in real life.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

As with the many FIFA games that came before it, EA Sports' FIFA 14 is a pro soccer simulation in which you can play on or against your favorite teams, in a number of international leagues, taking control over various players. Using the analog sticks, you'll dribble the ball, fake out players, and pass and shoot. The game includes a number of solo and multiplayer modes, including side-by-side and online play, and realistic ball and player physics. You also get some new stuff: Pure Shot (wherein you adjust your stride, approach, and angle while shooting on the net), social features (such as the EA Sports Football Club), and more emotion via broadcast-style cameras, color commentary, and team chants.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not 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) (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMovie Nerd September 29, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Good

I don't think it would be too easy for a kid to take the trouble when you transfer your favorite players (manager mode) but then its fine.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 9 years old September 26, 2013
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4
QUALITY
 

It's alright

I got the fifa 14 app recently, and it's actually quite good. Compared to the other fifa games, it's a bit 'same old, same old' but I like it.
Kid, 9 years old January 16, 2014
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Good Game

Great Game, has positive messages and the only thing about violence is tackling.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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