FIFA 15

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
FIFA 15 Game Poster Image
Family-friendly soccer sim with advanced graphics, physics.
Parents recommend

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPopam March 22, 2015

ood

It is a good game overall and is fun. Most people who play this like ultimate team. Although the transfer market often crashes and the games server does not wor...
Adult Written bybobbity May 19, 2015

FIFA Review

The game I will be reviewing is FIFA 15. This game is a really fun game about soccer. You get to choose the team you want, like juventus, Chelsea, Manchester Un... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHarryTheReviewer December 16, 2014

Another FIFA

Another instalment of FIFA with the same features. Great graphics and world-class features but very similar to FIFA 14. If you play Ultimate Team (most of you w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJackMac123 December 31, 2014

No age rating- not worth money.

I had FIFA 14 on Xbox 360, then I got FIFA 15 on Xbox 360, then when I got Xbox One, I bought FIFA 15 on Xbox One. Although I still enjoy playing FIFA, and I th... Continue reading

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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