A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, as with previous FIFA-branded video games from EA Sports, FIFA 15 is a pro soccer simulation for multiple platforms. Players can play against AI (artificial intelligence)-controlled players or human ones (either beside you or online) in a number of games, modes, and tournaments. There isn't any controversial content that parents need to worry about, unless the staggering number of ads throughout the game (on jerseys, in the stadium, and in broadcast-style shots) is an issue. Also, most versions of the game support voice communication in online play, so there's a chance that players could hear profanity or other inappropriate/offensive words.
What's it about?
EA Sports is back on the pitch with another FIFA-branded sports game. FIFA 15 brings soccer -- or, as the rest of the world calls it, football -- to life on your television, computer screen, or portable game platform. FIFA 15 features all the leagues, teams, and players from the planet's most popular sport, and players now have a range of emotions that evolve throughout the game based on interactions with opponents and teammates. A number of refinements and additions have been added to this year's game, including more realistic physics, multiple modes, smarter artificial intelligence (AI), new goalkeeper animations, and authentically recreated stadiums for added immersion.
Is it any good?
FIFA 15 is a must-have for fans of the sport. There's a lot to like about this edition, because FIFA 15 really feels great. With a number of control enhancements over the past couple of years, you really feel like you're in control of the action with new ways to approach the game on the pitch. There's a wide assortment of single and multiplayer modes to choose from, with FIFA Ultimate Team mode still the best of the bunch (including a new player-loan system and an awesome highlight-reel feature). Speaking of which, the graphics, animation, and broadcast-style camera angles really make it feel like you're playing a televised match. Fans can experience the emotion and intensity of the game in stunning graphic detail. And goalkeepers now move and act like real people instead of AI-controlled 'bots.
There isn't much to complain about with FIFA 15 other than the obvious downside to any sports game: Those who purchased last year's version might not glean that much of a difference, especially on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. But this installment really does look and play much better than its predecessors, especially on next-generation consoles.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how FIFA 15 is full of branding, including logos, clothing labels, billboards, and broadcast graphics. It's just like the real sport (or any sport, for that matter), but EA Sports also has the opportunity to sell in-game advertising. Is it OK that the publisher makes money from gamers and advertisers, too? Is product placement harmful?
Is it worth it to buy an annual sports game? If the developers release a free downloadable update to account for changing team rosters, do you really need to buy one every year? Can you skip a year or two, or do the new features and better graphics justify the purchase?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Science: momentum, motion, physics
Social Studies: citizenship, events
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
Self-Direction: time management, work to achieve goals
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct
- Price: $59.99 to $69.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: EA Sports
- Release date: September 22, 2014
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- ESRB rating: E
- Last updated: February 21, 2020
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