FIFA 15

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Family-friendly soccer sim with advanced graphics, physics.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn a number of positive things, including healthy competition, national pride, teamwork/cooperation, following codes of conduct, and that exercise can be fun and rewarding, even though the game wasn't initially designed for education. Aside from strong branding (in-game advertising) and the fact that players can talk freely online (even with strangers), FIFA 15 is excellent for players of all ages.

Positive Messages

The game encourages healthy competition, national pride, teamwork, the use of strategy, a code of conduct, and athleticism. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game's characters are modeled on their real-life counterparts, so if the real players are positive role models, then the virtual characters are, too. The players follow the rules of the game and work together as a team.

Ease of Play

Similar to its predecessors, FIFA 15 is easy to control. The analog sticks are used mostly for player and ball control -- with the right and left analog sticks, respectively -- and the other buttons can be used for more advanced moves. A tutorial with drills also is included.

Violence & Scariness

Players can be tackled accidentally and sustain injuries.

Language
Consumerism

FIFA 15 shows many consumer brands in the game, on the players' apparel and in the stadium as well as in the broadcast-style coverage. Companies include Nike, Qatar Airways, Samsung, YouTube, EA Sports, Puma, and many more.

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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 12, and 15-year-old Written byHendo H. U December 27, 2017
Adult Written byBernard M. October 20, 2017

fifa 15

i thinks this game is better
Kid, 0 years old October 31, 2017
Kid, 12 years old May 24, 2016

A good game.

I'm writing this review at the end of the 2015/2016 season. And still I think Fifa 15 is good, even after fifa 16.

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?

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