FIFA 14

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Not too different from last year, but a stellar soccer sim.
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Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

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.

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 & Representations

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
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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymneilan September 19, 2014

FIFA good for all ages

this game is good for anyone and any ages. this game is really good for people who love football this game can teach you how to play football
Kid, 9 years old September 26, 2013

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 i...
Teen, 15 years old Written byMovie Nerd September 29, 2013

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'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?

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?

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