By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Not too different from last year, but a stellar soccer sim.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the teams is sponsored by Corona beer.
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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, Arts: movement, Hobbies: sports, Science: physics
- 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
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: 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: August 26, 2016
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